Many famous campers have said that the Indian teepee is the best known movable home. It is roomy, self-ventilating, can scarcely blow down, and is the only tent that admits of a fire inside.
Then why is it not everywhere used? Because of the difficulty of the poles. If on the prairie you must carry your poles. If on the prairie you must cut them at each camp.
General Sibley, the famous Indian fighter, invented a teepee with a single pole, and this is still used by our army. But it will not do for us. Its one pole is made in part of iron and is very cumbersome, as well as costly. The "Sibley" is ugly, too, compared with the real teepee, and we are "Playing Injun," not soldier, so we shall stick to the famouse and picturesque old teepee of the real Buffalo Indians.
In the "Buffalo days" this teepee was made of Buffalo skin; now it is made of some sort of canvas or cotton, but it is decorated much in the old style. I tried to get an extra fine one made by the Indians ..text continues