A Tipi is a conical tent, traditionally made of animal skins and wooden poles. Stereotypically used to represent all First Nations People, the tipi (or teepee) was generally only used by the Great Plains tribes; Other Nations had different kinds of dwellings (a wigwam for Ojibwa Peoples).
The tipi provides warmth in the winter and cool air in the summer, as well as shelter from the elements. They are portable to coincide with the nomadic lifestyle of the Great Plains People; they are easily disassembled and reconstructed.
Today most tipis are constructed of canvas. Most commonly they are used in reenactments and by First Nations People trying to preserve their tradition and heritage for future generations.