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Museum offers a peek into a teepee

Museum offers a peek into a teepee

Mar 18, 2012 - Staff

The Fremont County Pioneer Museum in Lander is opening a new exhibit depicting the living quarters of Shoshone and Arapaho tribes.

The exhibit "Inside the Teepee" opened March 17, showing where tribal members ate, slept, worshipped and socialized with others.

The staff of the Pioneer Museum created the exhibit that depicts the living quarters of Shoshone and Araphao tribes, bringing together many artifacts from various collections.

Visitors can learn how fire and the cook pot were centered in the teepee so smoke would travel through the top.

Buffalo hide blankets for bedding, decorated leather parfleche bags to hold belongings, fuel for the fire and the food were all stored on the ground.

The backrests and chairs were placed around the fire.

In the winter an additional skin lining provided needed insulation. Tribal members hung bows, arrows, shields and other needed objects.

The lining was often painted with colored designs that recalled past events in the lives of those who owned this teepee.

The teepee provided secure, comfortable, and portable housing for the Shoshones, Arapahos and most of the Plains Indians.

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