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Lodge & Village Construction!

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Click for larger version   Wigwams, tipis & lean-tos are built in the traditional style. Sizes may vary. Materials used to construct the lodges are harvested by Jim, in and around the State of Michigan. Bark from birch, cedar, ash, basswood and elm are used to cover the frame. Tamarack, willow and balsam fir are used for wigwam and tipi poles. Bark sheets are tied to the lodge frames using basswood bast (fiber) string and spruce roots.

  A wigwam style lodge, 10 feet wide by 15 feet long by 7 feet tall at the center smoke hole will comfortably seat 10-12 people. Seats, benches, shelves, arbors and cattail mat walls can be added.

  The average lodge cost is approximately $4,500. Construction times can be 2 weeks, but are frequently spread out over several seasons due to material (mainly bark) availability.

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Lodges & Villages have been constructed at:
- Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center - Shawnee, Ok
- Bahweting School - Sault Ste. Marie
Chippewa Nature Center
- Cranbrook Institute of Arts and Science
- Marysville A.I.C.L.C.
- University of Michigan - Dixboro
- Willow Winds

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