Set the Remaining Poles
9. LAY THE REMAINING POLES IN THE FORKS OF THE TRIPOD in numbered sequence as shown in the drawing of the ground plan (layout). First place pole #1, then #2, etc. The letter 'F' following the number indicates that the pole is placed from the front. Because the door pole crosses to the left of the north & south pole (as viewed from the front), all of poles laid in from the front rest in the crotch formed by the north and south poles. Because of the angle, the last few poles laid in the front may have a tendency to slip out of position. Just nurse them back into place until the anchor rope is wrapped around the pole cluster. Poles with the letter 'R' following the number are placed from the rear. A space is left for the lift pole, which is used later to raise the tipi cover. When all poles are in place, the anchor rope is used to bind them together before lifting the fabric into position on the lift pole.
10. BIND THE POLE CLUSTER TOGETHER by walking the anchor rope around the cluster in a clock-wise direction. Snap or flip the rope up as you go around four times, pulling it snugly as you go. Three or five times around will work, but the Indians usually went around four times, to represent the four seasons of the year. When you reach the starting point (the north pole), step inside and do a figure eight around the north and the south poles. Then flip a loop up over the door pole and tie the end of the anchor rope to a peg behind the fire area or run it down one of the tripod poles and anchor it there. If we do not use a "pulley rope" for the lantern, we sometimes make a loop high up on the anchor rope and tie our lantern to it. We then tie the rope over to the lift pole and drop the end of the rope down behind the liner.
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