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wigwam

(wĭg`wäm), dwelling found among the Algonquian of the Eastern woodlands area of the United States. The wigwam was usually conical, arborlike, or domed. Some were small, accommodating a single family; others were large communal dwellings. They were covered with squares of bark, with reed mats, or with thatch. Sometimes the word is incorrectly extended to almost all Native North American dwellings including the earth lodge and sometimes even the tepee and the wickiup.
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Wigwam

Eastern native American dwelling, round or oval in plan, with a rounded roof consisting of a bent pole framework covered by pressed bark or skins.
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Wigwam

 

a dwelling of the woodland Indians of North America, the Algonquians. It came into the literature as the name for any Indian dwelling that was dome-shaped, as op-posed to the conical tepee. To erect the wigwam, the Indians drove flexible tree trunks into the ground in a circle or an oval and bent the ends to form an arch. The framework of the wigwam was then covered with branches, bark, and mats.

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wigwam

An Indian dwelling in the American Northeast, found in a variety of shapes; commonly, a domed structure having a framework of saplings set into the ground, bent over, and bound together. This framework was covered with a watertight surface of overlapping matting or animal skins. A hole at the top of the wigwam provided an escape for smoke from the firepit below; an opening at the side served as an entrance. Compare with tipi.
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wigwam

1. any dwelling of the North American Indians, esp one made of bark, rushes, or skins spread over or enclosed by a set of arched poles lashed together
2. a similar structure for children
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