Cutting Tipi Poles
In the late fall we traveled to the foothills to find lodge pole pines. These trees grow tall and very straight, but are not very big around. They were the best trees for making poles to hold up our tipis.
After we had peeled the bark, we had long, straight, and sturdy poles. These trees only grew in the foothills, the Porcupine Hills, and the Cypress Hills. We always stopped at these places to replace our worn poles.