The Significance of the Blackfoot Tipi

Our Blackfoot tipi’s are considered sacred bundles belonging to our Siksika people. The design on the tipi is specific to the origin story which is handed down from ancestors through ceremony, each with a specific song related to the tipi. 

Our tipi’s represent Niitsitapiisini (Blackfoot way of life). The cosmos and mother earth, are represented through the paint on the upper and lower part.  The design of the tipi would be depicted in the middle and the story of how it came about to a design and have been with the Blackfoot people for a number of years.  Historically these tipis were our lodge for family units and today the tipi’s are used for ceremonies, included our Sundance.