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Lyle J. Heavy Runner (Blackfeet), Blackfeet Tipi, 2010, in "Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains" at the Brooklyn Museum, photo by Jenny Steven
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TIPIS OF THE
BROOKLYN PLAINS

by N.F. Karlins



In 1889, the same year that Vincent van Gogh painted Starry Night, the Húnkpapa Lakoda warrior Rain-in-the-Face illustrated a chronicle of his exploits -- horse-stealing, making war and even the heroic rescue of a chief’s daughter during a battle with U.S. soldiers -- on the liner of his tipi.

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