We’ve been doing more research on designs for painting some of our tipi canvas’s.  This site was recommended by Johnny Morris of Wolf Glen Tipis when we visited his evocative and inspiring tipi and home in Galashiels.  Here’s an exerpt from the site’s page on painted tipis.

http://www.tipis-tepees-teepees.com/tipi_gallery.php?i=

Canvas, linen or cloth covers for tipis started becoming popular among the Native Americans around 1851.  According to Kurz’s  1851 journal, more of the wealthy men were already getting canvas for their lodges.  Treaty annuity payments in the late 1850s and 1860s, also were accompanied by lots of canvas bed ticking an other fabrics.  As the 19th. century wore on, the covers got bigger.  More bolder surface designs were applied with the new industrial paints and dyes that did not wash off or fade.  Looking at old photos of Blackfoot tipis, drawings of the Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Sioux depicts spectacular cover paintings in their sketch books. 

Over The Moon Tents had a call from The BBC on Monday asking if we could hire a Tipi to them for a film shoot for that afternoon . We were happy to oblige and after a scooting upto our store to load up we were in Aldenham near Watford for the set up on the village green.  The filming was for “Stewart Lee Comedy Vehicle” due to air in spring 2009 on BBC1.  We enjoyed watching the filming today, the weather was cold and clear so we were all wrapped up.

Painted Tipi on location with the BBC

Painted Tipi on location with the BBC

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Exert from Tipi - Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters

Exert from Tipi - Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters

 I recently discovered this book while visiting a friend.  Its a wonderful document of many tipi designs all in full colour.  It will be a great guide as we plan to paint some of our tipis over the winter.  These newly painted tipis will be available for hire in 2009.  Now we just have to come up with designs that are our own, as according to the book you must never take another person’s tipi design, ideally the design will come to you via dream visions.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tipi-Home-Nomadic-Buffalo-Hunters/dp/193331639X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226868110&sr=1-1