The tepee pattern was based on a pattern in a book I've had since my early teens, it is called 'The Reader's Digest family book of Things to Make and Do'. It is a firm favourite of mine and I spent many teenage hours being inspired by some of the projects in its pages.
|My much loved copy of the Reader's Digest book 'Things to make and do'|
I used fabric paints and a brush to decorate the plain fabric. 7 bamboo canes cut to length for each tepee was one fewer than in the book pattern, such a small scale tepee didn't need 8 canes to hold it up.
|The instructions for the Indian tepee in the Reader's Digest book|
|The meaning of symbols on tepees |
according to the Reader's Digest book
|My other source book for the tepee project|
|My tepee after minor modifications to the way the canes are fixed - standing up much better.|
|the tepee with the flaps open. The circle means unity of the tribe.|
|Back view. I painted the rainbow, the sun, |
the world quarters and the quarters of the earth symbols in addition to the bison and circle.
|side view showing the rainbow more clearly|
|the top of the tepee|