These are the yellow and
black stripes below the top
design. They are derived
from a Blackfoot dream
Our tipi is an authentic Sioux style. The painted area around the bottom of the tipi cover is referred to as the Bottom Skirt. Bottom skirt designs utilized motifs that symbolized the Earth's surface. This paid spiritual tribute to the importance of Mother Earth as the source of all physical life.
Conversely, the painted tops of tipis represented the upper limit of the physical world and therefore symbolized Father Sky. All human events were contained between these two boundaries - Mother Earth below and Father Sky above. Thus the events of humans, animals, birds, etc. were depicted around the sides or middle of the tipi between these upper and lower boundaries.