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Design Your Own Tipi
In northern Canada, tipis were made from tree bark, especially birch bark, because it was light to carry and could be stripped in large pieces. On the prairies, tipis were made out of the skins of animals that could be hunted, such as buffalo. The women owned the tipis. They set them up, took them down and looked after them. A fire was placed in the center for heat. Sometimes tipis were decorated. Paint was made by mixing dry pigment with hot water or glue, made from boiled beaver tail or hide scrapings. Brushes were made from buffalo hair, bone joints or chewed sticks.
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