Tipi Encampment & Contest

Welcome to the National Powwow 18 Tipi Camp!  We hope we have a great turnout of tipis and urge you to participate in the tipi contest.  $50 travel money will be given to the first 20 tipis on-site at our NPW18 Tipi Encampment (whether entering the contest or not).  Camping fees will also be waived for pre-registered tipi campers.  Please return your completed Tipi Contest Registration Form to Tipi Coordinator, Tom Stone (tstone47@windstream.net) to reserve your space.

We will have a judging team evaluate the tipis based on specific criteria. The top 10 tipis will be recognized with ribbons and the top 3 (like the Olympics gold, silver and bronze) will receive special recognition.

Special tipi features at this NPW include:

  • Friday morning Welcome breakfast and $50 travel cash to 1st 10 tipis in camp
  • Friday and Saturday Afternoon Tipi Camp Open House for the general public, Tipi Judging on Saturday with awards given out Sunday Afternoon Dance Session
  • Tipi related seminars
  • Gordon and Janice Collins Awards for #1 Tipi presentation on Saturday night at the dance

Guidelines for Tipi Judging:

The primary emphasis will be on how well the tipi is pitched and furnished according to (self-identified) era and tribe of the owner:

  1. Tipi Pitching
  2. Outside Tipi Decoration, streamers, beadwork, quillwork, etc
  3. Outside Encampment Area of Tipi, cooking area, shade areas, etc
  4. Interior Decorations, furniture, containers, wood storage, etc.

Please – No bare ground fire. Pets are discouraged. Dogs must to be on a leash and current shot record must be available. Thank You!

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