Contemporary Uses of Teepees

What is a contemporary teepee?

Most contemporary teepees are made using a type of cotton canvas for the cover, although you will find that some manufacturers use synthetic materials, like polyester or vinyl.

Mukwa Teepees uses only the highest quality material at every stage of manufacturing. We invite you to compare the quality of our Teepees with any other manufacturer in the World.

A teepee is a perfect green living option. It affords a very comfortable lifestyle, while offering an ecologically friendly form of housing development. Teepees are Aboriginal traditional housing that leave virtually no evidence of “development” when moved.

A teepee is environmentally friendly because it has virtually no impact. When taken down, all that remains are a footpath and temporarily bruised grass floor. This green living option leaves an ecological impact that is totally recoverable over a couple of seasons, after which time there is no evidence of “development”.

Who uses them?

A great variety of people from many backgrounds use teepees. Today, there is a cultural rejuvenation among First Nations, and a growing interest in authentic Native teepees by people from all around the world that are interested in green housing. Individuals, associations, and businesses of all kinds use teepees.

Some examples of people and companies using teepees:

  • Nomads, camping and nature lovers.
  • People of all ages with great outdoor space or country property who are looking for affordable, ecologically friendly living space.
  • People with large backyards, or a big gardens use a teepee instead of a gazebo. Unlike a gazebo, it can be used in the winter with a fire in its heart.
  • People who are looking for a guest house and want the flexibility of taking down and putting up the accommodation as required.
  • Practical people looking  for a guest house that could also be used as emergency housing aftern an earthquake, tornado, flooding, storms, etc.
  • Aboriginal groups, associations, institutions, and activity centers who use the teepee for classes, meetings, gathering and/or ceremonial purposes.
  • Businesses that recognize the majestic beauty and the powerful attraction that people feel towards the teepee.
  • Green lodges, resorts, camps and retreats for adults, families or youth.
  • Green tourism sites.
  • Teepees at School, our own children-friendly cultural workshops built around teepee culture. We bring the school trip to your school! Find out more here

Where are teepees used?

Teepees can now be found all around the world, and are especially popular in North America and Europe.

Why teepees?

Teepees have been proven to be an effective and sustainable housing option for thousands of years.

More and more people are realizing the importance of green living and respecting Mother Earth. They see that experiencing life in the dwelling of people who understand the Earth to be our Mother is a great way to increase their relatedness with nature.

Many studies have proven a higher level of relatedness with nature to be linked to a higher level of happiness: and who doesn’t want to be happy? More and more people are enjoying the freedom of a nomadic lifestyle. Wherever they may travel, the teepee is a ecologically friendly, green home that goes with them.

For businesses, teepees are proven people magnets. They have an incredible power of attraction and fascination for visitors.

For Native cultural programs, authentic teepees serve as part of the overall cultural rejuvenation of the First Nations. They support Aboriginal people in being proud of their heritage, keeping their traditions alive and getting back to their roots.


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