We began our tipi making project 1970. It was born out of our interest, enthusiasm and respect for this magnificent shelter and the Native American cultures of the Great Plains that had created it.
We can visit the ruins of past cultures. We can sit quietly in Anasazi cliff dwellings in the Southwest and ponder the feelings of daily life or climb down into a Kiva and try to sense the religious world of those who created the spiritual power of those spaces. We can run our hands over the rubble of Inca stonework and wonder what life must have been like within the architecture of such a civilization. But the abyss of time and destruction prevent us from experiencing any more than our imaginations of what it must have been like to “live in these dwellings amidst these cultures.”
However, the Native American Tipi provides a passageway back through time that allows us to actually experience some of the aspects of this unique nomadic culture of the Great Plains.
You set-up the tipi just as they did using the exact same procedures and you step through the door in the exact manner as your predecessors. You now sit in the same dwelling that they sat in. With a warm fire glowing in the middle of the tipi, dancing patterns emerge on the tipi wall and you begin to experience some of the inspirations of their extraordinarily beautiful and organic art forms.
Stacking wood, tending fire, warming water, cooking, cleaning, arranging. You begin to realize that you are making the same moves, gestures and motions that were made hundreds of years before you by other people in other tipis like yours. You sit back. You experience what was experienced by another culture. Far in the distance-the hoot of a night owl. What does he think when he does that? What does his face look like in the dark? You begin to wonder as they did. You begin to experience something of how this culture thought, something of how the richness of their mythologies evolved.
So you begin to sense some of the ways of the tipi culture. Uniquely, we can breech time – we can meet another culture through this “living artifact”.
If you would like our 40 page printed catalog, we are happy to send you one, but our entire catalog and many more pictures are on this website. We hope you enjoy our site, if you have additional questions or if there is anything else we can assist you with please feel free to call us at 541- 389-3980 from 9 am to 4 pm M -F Pacific Coast Time.
We want to thank the many folks who have sent us photos of their tipis along with new ideas and helpful suggestions. Many of these photographs can be seen in our photo gallery. This means a great deal to the Spirit and quality of our project. If you wish to visit us or are picking up your tipi, please call 2 or 3 days before you arrive.
A NOTE ABOUT THE ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY OF OUR PROJECT:
It has become customary in American business to sell as much as possible for the highest possible price that people will pay. “All the market can bear” as a sales manager once said to me. This might aptly be termed the philosophy of “sell.” We attempt to do something different. Instead of attempting to “sell” tipis, our project simply provides a resource for those who might be interested. We believe in a philosophy of “access,” not “sell.” Neither do we subscribe to the idea of good, better and best in the quality of materials or workmanship. We have different fabrics available because some are more effective than others with regard to the user’s needs. “Best” should be a statement about “use,” not about the amount of dollars spent.
We have the deepest respect and admiration for the Native American Cultures. We strongly support their continuous fight to retain whatever water, mineral and wildlife resources remain on their reservation lands. Backed by large business interests, the U.S. Government continues to violate treaty promises in attempts to strip anything of commercial value from reservation lands. The only recourse that Native Americans have is to demand that U.S. courts enforce long-standing treaty agreements. More than 400 have been broken. To help in this self-defense effort, contact Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302. We also contribute to the Navajo Relief Fund, SW Indian Relief Council, American Indian Education Foundation, and the National Museum of the American Indian.
In 2016 we sent over 80 tipis to the Standing Rock Movement in North Dakota. Through our own donations and donation discounts, we contributed $20,000 to their peaceful protest against a pipeline running through their sacred land and rivers. In support of the continual efforts of private individuals to help maintain the quality of life systems that affect all of us, Nomadics Tipi Makers makes donations to: The Nature Conservancy, The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Arbor Foundation, Oregon Natural Resources Council, The National Wildlife Federation, The Union of Concerned Scientists, The Environmental Defense Fund, Public Television, and Greenpeace. In addition, we support financially the Native American Rights Fund (www.narf.org.com). The American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org) and the Lakota Peoples Law Project (www.lakotalaw.org). We have also made $2,000 in donations to ACLU. Our business has always reused and recycled whenever possible. Our catalog is printed on recycled paper.