Folktales | Glossary
The 9th book "Folktales of America"
in the Series of "Desh Videsh Ki Lok Kathaayen"
Teepee is a conical tent, traditionally made of animal skins, and wooden poles. The Teepee was used by the nomadic tribes of the Great Plains. Teepees are stereotypically associated with Native Americans in the United States in general, however Native Americans from places other than the Great Plains mostly used different types of dwellings. So whoever people lived in these tents were called Teepee people and whatever stories they told were known as Teapee tales.
There were many tribes here, from Sioux in the North to the Comanche in the South. Only a few tribes living in plains grew corn and vegetables, but most people lived on buffalo. The plain people fought often with mountain people. Many people had many stories about the animals they knew, the stars they saw in the sky and how things came to be (Creation).
Here are given Tepee (pronounced as tee-pee) tales. Tepee is a tent of the American Indians, made usually from animal skins laid on a conical frame of long poles and having an opening at the top for ventilation and a flap door. Since these tales were told and heard by these people that is why these tales are called Tepee tales.
Government has made a great effort to collect thousands of their stories and are found in the books on the various tribes. From them a few have been selected and are told here so that you may know what they are, what the Indians believed, and how they felt about things.
Created by Sushma Gupta
on November 27, 2013
Modified on 09/14/19