Why a Tipi?

Perriee and I camped in our tent each weekend in our little area after we answered the calling of “Our Spot”. The original plan was to set up a yurt there. We found a great semi-local company named, Yurts of America, which is located near Indianapolis, Indiana. If I remember the conversation correctly, they would even help you come set it up once you had a platform ready for it.

Here is a video of what “Our Spot” looks and sounds like today.

What’s a yurt? If you haven’t already clicked on the link for Yurts of America, go ahead and do that because I will give you my description of a yurt, which I do not claim to be 100% accurate. They are these round, canvas sided houses that are erected on top of a platform (deck). You build the platform, then order the yurt to set up. Simple. Our problem: we did not know if we could get a platform built to put it on. Yes, we have support and people who love to help out, but being new to the game of construction, we really wanted to take on a project that we could complete with minimal support. We did not want to be dependent on human power of others to get the job done. The price of a yurt was another factor. A  twenty foot yurt costs about $10k. With that money you get a really nice structure with no extras. We would have wanted to customize it with at least some extra windows and doors; we wanted some flash.

Tipi Design

Scrolling through the internet one evening whilst dreaming, we stumbled across the Nomadics Tipi Makers website. They made the tipis for the movie, Dances with Wolves. They were affordable. You get to choose what artwork is hand painted onto it, all within a modest budget. The best part? They advertised the tipis as being able to assemble yourself and you did not need to build anything to do it. SOLD!

Settling on a tipi also stirred up some nostalgia for us both. Having bits of Cherokee running through our blood lines, we bonded over the commonality of our seemingly unique heritages. Both of our mothers descended from the Cherokee. I always felt a sense of pride from that part of my heritage but it was so overshadowed by my Italian side from my dad, and the German in my mother that I never got to dig in too deep. This provides an outlet for that longing. No, the Cherokee did not live in tipis, they lived in plaster sided homes with thatched roofs. We may be able to build one of those one day. The Plains natives lived in tipis. There were no Plains Native Americans in Indiana. They lived in wigwams. Come to think of it, a yurt sort of looks like a wigwam.

Crazy Thing of the Week:

We finished fermenting our first batch of kombucha with our new scoby, Martha. She made some delicious watermelon-mint and watermelon-ginger kombucha. Thanks, Martha!


Rethink a previously overwhelming project and fit it into a version that you can tackle on your own. It may not be as grand as you originally envisioned, but the satisfaction you gain from accomplishing it will blow you away.  In addition, you will begin to build a foundation for a larger, more intricate project the next time.

Duck Therapy:


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