Los Sioux se llamaban a sí mismos «Dakota«, que significa «aliados«, pero los otros amerindios los llamaban «Sioux«, que significa «enemigos«. Un punto de vista bastante diferente, ¿no? Y es que aunque algunas tribus eran sobre todo ganaderas y se dedicaban al pastoreo, los Sioux ni recogían cosechas ni construían casas: ellos eran nómadas y vivían de cazar búfalos. Cuando las manadas de búfalos de movían, ellos también lo hacían. Y así los «tepees» se convirtieron en símbolo de la cultura indígena.

«The Buffalo Hunt», by Charles M. Russell. This artist painted a lot of pictures about the same subject

Los «tepees» (en españo, tipi) eran

«the conical buffalo-skin tents that were their homes (…)

To many people the tepee is a symbol of the Amerindian way of life. This large cone-shaped tent was invented by the buffalo hunters of the western grasslands. It was built round a framework of about twelve slim, wooden poles approximately twenty feet long. The thin ends of the poles were tied together with strips of buffalo hide and the poles were raised ande spread until their bottom ends formed a circle about fifteen feet in diameter. As many as forty buffalo hides were sewn together then spread over the frame, their ends fastened to the ground by pegs. A doorway covered with a flap of skin was left in the side and an opening at the top acted as a chimney. The outside of the tepee was decorated with painted designs that had religious or historical meanings.»

(From Bryn O’Callaghan, An Illustrated History of the USA. Essex, Longman, 1990, p. 6)