|Garden Island Wigwam|
|Garden Island Wigwam - Inside|
During one of my visits, we snapped these two photos of wigwams. The first one shows an uncovered one, partially constructed, with sticks placed and bounded together.
The second one shows the inside of one. Instead of using traditional bark covering (if I recall correctly, there wasn't a lot of available bark without tearing it off live trees, something they did not want to do), they used plastic sheeting. In this context, using the plastic was better on the environment and stepping lightly on the island. They only liked to make use of material from trees which had already fallen to the ground.
The woman involved with the building of these was from the Iroqois at the border of New York and Canada, and not of the Three Fires people who traditionally (and currently) inhabited the area.
Wigwams were the typical Native American housing for this area traditionally, and not the tipi (teepee) of stereotype, but I have seen tipis from time to time in historic photos.
To read more about Garden Island as it is more recently, click on this page about an expedition there.