Definition of a Tipi
The tipi, commonly traced back to the migratory American Indians, is an ingeniously simple compilation of only a few raw materials. Wooden poles erected in a triangular shape and tied together at the top form the skeleton of the structure. A durable fabric, historically animal skins, now typically a weather resistant canvas or heavy cotton, is wrapped snugly around the poles, leaving only a hole at the top to release smoke, a small door, and sometimes a window or two. A central fire would heat the structure in winters. Today, these conical constructions are a warm, spacious and historical alternative to a modern tent.