Saamis Tepee

The " World's Tallest Tepee" originated from the Olympic tepee that stood in McMahon Stadium during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. It overlooked the athletes and the Olympic flame and stood a long way up, 215 feet up! That's close to the height of a 20-story building. The Olympic tepee was re-designed into a new tepee structure for Medicine Hat, incorporating the original main trusses, with the rest of the tepee all engineered and manufactured here in our city.  The tall design was built in honour of Canada's rich native heritage.

The Tepee is also referred to as the Saamis Tepee. The word Saamis is from the Blackfoot language and means Medicine Hat. The Legend of "Saamis" is written in a beautiful brick mural at City Hall.

The site of the Saamis Tepee in Medicine Hat marks a historical location. If you take a short walk through the tepee, to the edge of the path, you will see the beautiful Seven Persons Coulee. You are also looking down on the very important Saamis Archaeological site. The area was once used as a late winter, early spring buffalo meat processing site by early First Nations. Archaeologists believe there are over 83 million artifacts buried in the valley. 

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