Little Plume (Amsskaapipikani) sits in the place of honour at the rear of the tipi,
Peigan Reserve, 1910. On the left is his son, Yellow Kidney.
Glenbow Archives NA-1700-38
|This is how we sit in a tipi when we have a ceremony. Men sit on the north side, beneath the female animals on the cover. Women sit on the south side, beneath the male animals. At the back of the tipi sit the host and the man who has been asked to run the ceremony.|
Everyone has a special role to play in the ceremony. A person's role is reflected by the place where they sit. The ceremony could not take place without each person's participation. We have the responsibility to support our ceremonies with our prayers and good feelings.