The Saamis Tepee

Saamis Tepee

The Tepee was originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. After being moved to Medicine Hat, assembly of the major structural elements of the Saamis Tepee began October 20th, 1991 and was completed in less than one week.

The Saamis Tepee has a foundation weight of 800 metric tons and the dead load of the structure is 200 metric tons.

The main masts of the Tepee measure 215 feet (equivalent to a 20 story building!) and the diameter of the Tepee is 160 feet. There are 960 bolts holding the Tepee together.

The Storyboards

Within the circle of the Tepee, ten illustrated storyboards are visible. These boards were all hand-painted and represent a variety of influences and history of First Nations heritage.