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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Tipis

A Mobile World

 

—Plains Indians Life, Beliefs and Practices —

 
Tipis Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Tipis Marker
Inscription.

Wherever they roamed, the people of the praire carried their world with them in the form of a tipi. Its circular ground pattern resembled the larger camp circle as well as the disk of the earth.

An Indian camp was composed of a circle of tipis, with medicine tipis at the center of the grouping. When a tribe gathered for the annual Sun Dance, the camp circle could measure as much as a mile in diameter.

Within the tipi, the central fire-pit served as the secular and sacred hearth of the home. Family members not only prepared meals here but also praised the nourishing spirits. The smoke hole above was viewed symbolically as a passageway to the heavens.
 
Location. 37° 41.492′ N, 97° 20.999′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Click for map. The marker is on the Keeper of the Plains plaza, at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, about 500 feet ESE of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 North Seneca Street, Wichita KS 67203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dream Animals (here, next to this marker); Ceremonial Pipes (here, next to this marker); Chiefs (here,
Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers
(l-r) Dream Animals, Tipis, Ceremonial Pipes, Chiefs, Eagles, and Way of the Horse
next to this marker); Eagles (here, next to this marker); Way of the Horse (here, next to this marker); Ceremony (a few steps from this marker); Warriors (a few steps from this marker); Women (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Plains Indian Tipi. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Keeper of the Plains Plaza. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Mid-American All-Indian Center, Wichita. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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