What Are the Main Differences Between a Wigwam and a Tepee?

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One of the main differences between a wigwam and tepee is that tepees are very portable, and wigwams are much more stationary. Wigwams are dome-shaped while teepees are more tent-like. Wigwams and tepees were both dwellings where many Native American tribes lived.

Another difference between the two dwellings is that Algonquian Indians in woodland areas only used wigwams while Plains tribes used tepees.

Wigwams consisted of a frame of arched poles with roofing made from brush, bark, reeds, cloth or hides. The structure of a tepee consisted of wooden poles and animal skins, which made this structure durable and ideal for providing comfort and warmth in the cold winter months.