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Tipis are a recognized symbol of native Americans. Sometimes spelled "teepee" and other ways, most natives don't use the term at all, but instead call them "lodges". Perhaps ironically, most native Americans also call themselves 'Indians,' avoiding what has become an accepted, 'politically correct' term.

The Shoshoni tribe is the only tribe of Indians in Utah to use the tipi. They were traditionally made from bison hides, and it was the females who constructed them. Indeed, it is still the wife who "owns" the tipi and all things therein. Perhaps this is more fair than the Western system, in which males traditionally own everything AND are in charge (though that's changing now, which I feel is good). So for most Indian tribes, the female owns everything and the male supervises. When a marriage occurs, the male joins the female's family, so descendency is matrilinear.

For this image, I set my camera right along the edge of the tipi pole that holds the flaps open or closed and shot upwards. My camera was on manual with an f stop of 8.0 for maximum depth of field. I then fiddled with the dials to adjust the exposure until it looked good.

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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