This example of a typical pole tipi was built by Heritage Park in 1975, and rebuilt entirely in 1999. Pole tipis were not a common form of shelter for any of the First Nations in Southern Alberta, although some did occasionally use shelters made from wood and brush.
Wooden tipis were more permanent than skin varieties, and would have been used in the winter as a sort of trading post. Wooden tipis would have had to be located near a good supply of food and water, since it would be difficult to move the heavy structures. Pole tipis might have been an example of how this structure could be adapted to take advantage of the available resources in diverse environments.More Attractions & Exhibits View Interactive Map