What is a Wickiup?


This wickiup was reconstructed at the White River Museum in Meeker, Colorado to display how several of the Indian tribes created temporary shelters. They were usually no more than three feet high and were covered with skins. Hot coals or stones were placed in the center. Native American people curled up under their buffalo robes and survived extreme conditions in these tiny huts.

 Do you have any stories about outdoor forts or homemade shelters in which you and your friend spent the night? What would people bring with them for an overnight camping trip in the twenty first century?

4 responses »

  1. Nice!!



    Shannon E. Perry, RN, PhD, FAAN

    Professor Emerita, SFSU

    4157 Lookout Drive

    Loveland, CO 80537



  2. This is a funny work. I had not ever heard it before hearing stories from Bill about the wickiups that were found in one of his archeology expeditions. I never got to make a fort that I can recall but it is never too late.

  3. I’d bring the same things we camped with in the 20th century – a flashlight , graham crackers, marshmallows, and Hershey’s chocolate bars. Not exactly survival items but always a source of great memories.

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