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Tipi: Home of the Nomadic
Buffalo Hunters
author: Paul Goble
foreword by: Rodney Frey
Subject(s): Age(s) / Grade level  / Lexile:

American Indian

8 and up / 10-11 / Lexile measure: 1130L)

Format: Size / page count:

Paperback   or Hardcover

8" × 10" / 120 pages

ISBN: Date available:

978-1-933316-37-6 (pb)
978-1-933316-39-0 (hc)

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$21.95 (pb); $26.95 (hc)


“When I was a little boy, my mother made me a small tipi and painted it with Native American symbols. It excited my interest, and made me want to know more. This book is the kind of book I began looking for, but never found. So I have made it for you.” With these exciting thoughts, award-winning artist, Paul Goble opens his fascinating book, Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters.

Through his beautiful and compelling artwork,  he skillfully brings to lifethe stories and tales of the old-timers who lived free on the wide and lonely plains of North America, and  examines the construction and design of the tipi, which was more than a simple home for the Plains Indians, but was rather a way for them to express their belief in their connection to the entire natural world around them. Readers will also have a chance to draw and build a tipi of their own through the book’s “cut-out and color” section.


  • Winner of the Silver Midwest Book Award for "Child/Young-Adult Non-Fiction”
  • Winner of the Silver Midwest Book Award for "Nature”
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Juvenile Nonfiction”
  • Winner of the Silver Benjamin Franklin Award "Interior Design, Children's/Young Adult"


  • Goble's Tipi book contains some pages that can be photocopied and cut and colored to construct a Plains tipi from paper. Click here to see page 34 of the book (a 200KB file in jpg format) and then click here for page 35 (a 170KB jpg file) in new tabs or windows. Print these out, color them in, and paste them together for wonderful looking tipis of your own!

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“Paul Goble's Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters. blends traditional insights into tipi construction and development with a retelling of old-timers stories and a blending in of art to make for a fine survey of construction techniques, decorations, cultural meaning, and more. Tipi includes over a hundred color illustrations and drawings and makes for a vivid, outstanding survey of the spiritual and culture meaning of the Native American structure.”
Midwest Book Review, The Bookwatch June 2007
“Goble presents many examples of the art of tipis and the ways in which different tribes decorated these shelters. This is an absolutely gorgeous paperback filled with exquisite drawings and a deep respect for Native American beauty, meaning and reverence for the natural world.”
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
“The history and culture, the architecture and aesthetics, the very heart of the tipi are revealed and experienced in its true spirit and spender.”
Rodney Frey, University of Idaho
“All of Paul Goble's books are highly recommended.”
American Indian Library Association
Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters is a magnificent . . .title about the history, culture, architecture, and aesthetics of the traditional home of nomadic buffalo hunters of North America. The award-winning illustrations and work of Paul Goble bring to life the origins, use, and historic display of the buffalo skin tipi shelter, traditionally used by the Lakota, Blackfeet, Kiowa, and other North American tribes of buffalo hunters. Considerable effort is evident in the description of habits of constructing and decoration of the tipi, with exquisitely detailed colored illustrations of traditional tipis and also in the presentation of the mythic background stories of the construction of the tipi of First Man and First Woman, with its door pitched to the East to greet the Sun and Morning Star rising. Many fascinating details are included, for example, a map of tipi dwelling tribes on page 16 shows distinctions between three and four-pole base tipis, and between nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes. In all, over 100 pages present beautiful illustrations of many different tipis, modern, traditional, and historic. This is a fascinating study of many different adaptations and customs reflected in different tribes' tipi construction and decoration. Like all Paul Goble creations, Tipi is meant to be read and savored, as the treasure of knowledge and custom that it represents so beautifully. Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters is appropriate and interesting for readers of all ages.”
Library Bookwatch (The Native American Studies Shelf), a publication of the Midwest Book Review

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