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There was never a fixed number of lodgepoles in a moyis(Blackfoot for a tipi-style lodge). The basis was always a framework of 4 tied poles; all the others were simply leaned against this base. The number of poles would depend on the size of the moyis - some were made with a cover of about 12 buffalo hides, but larger ones used 20 and would naturally need more poles.

While Crow tipis used very long poles (having about 10 feet of pole showing above the cover), Blackfoot poles were always shorter (about 6 feet taller than the cover).

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There was no standard size for tipis in any Plains tribe - each extended family had a tipi large enough to house all its members easily.

Blackfoot tipis were usually in the range of 12 to 20 hides (the number needed to make the cover) - clearly smaller tipis needed fewer hides, larger tipis needed more.

Very small "toy" tipis were given to young girls who learned to make the cover, set up and take down the small version. This gave them the skills for dealing with the full size tipi later in life.

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