As The Indian Tipi makes obvious, Plains Indians are both practical people and natural artists. Their inventions are commonly both serviceable and beautiful. The conical tipi of the Plains tribes can be pitched by one person. It is roomy, well ventilated at all times, cool in summer, well lighted, proof against high winds and heavy downpours, and with its cheerful fire inside, snug in the severest winter weather.
"A book for every camper and erstwhile Indian who wishes to pitch a fine tent...This excellent text, crowded with authentic tradition and practical information for guidance, illustrated with many simple diagrams, plates, and helpful directions, is certain to stimulate excitement and enthusiasm."--Library Journal.
"In its lucid presentation the reader will learn an enormous amount about the tipi. Even the seasoned camper will be amazed at the camping methods used by the Indians before the dawn of modern camping materials...This book should be on the bookshelf of scholars of Indian life and those interested in the camping methods of the first residents of America."--Journal of the West.
"The uniqueness of the Laubins' contribution rests on the fact that they themselves have lived, on and off for many years, in tipis of their own making, and are thus enabled to write from the participant, rather than the observer viewpoint--the book they have produced constantly mirrors this fact."--Journal of American Folklore.
Reginald and Gladys Laubin have devoted their personal and professional lives to the preservation and interpretation of American Indian dances and culture. They are recognized authorities on and performers of Indian dances and ceremonies. In 1972 for their contribution to dance they were presented the Capezio Dance Aware, the first ethnic dancers to be honored with this highest award of the dance world. They were presented the Catlin Peace Pipe Award by Red Dawn, Sioux. The authors of Indian Dances of North America: Their Importance to Indian Life and American Indian Archery, both published by the University of Oklahoma Press, the Laubins have also made several full-color films and videocassettes about Indian life and customs that are available from the University of Oklahoma Foundation.