Why did Native Americans live in tipis?
• Tipis were warm in winter, cool in summer. • A tipi’s shape protected it from the Plains winds. • Tipis were easy to move (and fitted the nomadic lifestyle). • Tipis were circular, and Native Americans thought that: “…the power of the world works in circles”. • Tipi dwellers believed that a fixed home was unhealthy – a cage – while a tipi was healthy.