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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?