WPA Architectural Models : Recreations of Historical and Significant Places
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Model, Instructional
Title located on the top of the base.

Tipis were the homes of the Native Americans of the Great Plains and is the Lakota word for "living in." Tipis are cone-shaped tents that are made up of two basic necessities to the natives of America; animal skins and wooden poles. The designs are very basic. The wooden poles are placed into the grown in a circular fashion with them all meeting at the top in a point to create a hollow cone shape. The structure is them clothed with animal skin. Tipis are distinct from other cone-like tents by the smoke flaps that are positioned at the top of the structure. This is so that the main home fire centered in the middle of the tipi can have direct ventilation and avoid the tent from filling with smoke.
Native American tipis are durable and can be make as either permanent or temporary structures. They are easy to put up and tear down and can withstand any type of weather. They are rain resistant, cool for the summers, and warm for the winters all due to the conditioned animal skin they wrapped around them. The skin would be tied to the poles with rope and the whole structure would then be anchored to the ground with more rope and wooden pegs.
[Jackie Miller, MU]
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Plaster, Metal
H-4.25 W-4.875 L-4 inches
By WPA PA probably in 1930s. Set was in the education museum of M.S.T.C., probably on the Campus Elementary School which is now called the Retan Center, until transferred to Warren L. MIller Elementary School after it was built in 1972. Most recent location was in WLM school library.
Warren L. Miller Elementary School
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