Esoteric vs. Exoteric Symbolism of the Tipi


This workshop is based on my dissertation that was published in 2015. The results indicated that constant, lengthy, and meaningful relationships were motivating factors in drawing participants back to contribute to their reservations. There were four distinct relationships that were identified: Relationship with the Creator, self, others and Creator’s creation. The Siksika tipi identifies relationships as significant to healing. Participants will learn that the esoteric symbolism of the tipi far exceed the exoteric (or external) necessities. What seems to be a simple shelter, has a far greater message, for those who are able to see beyond the exoteric.