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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.

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What are the main differences between a wigwam and a tepee?
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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.

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