Tipi Raising Contest

Tipi Raising Contest information:

The Manito Ahbee Tipi Raising Contest will celebrate the innovative structure of the tipi and explore what the tipi has to teach all of us. It's all about getting in touch with our ancestors, and spiritually bringing you back to your inner self and your spirit.    

Tipis have a special significance in Indigenous culture. They are a connection to our ancestors who used tipis to provide warmth and shelter for their families. Tipis also have their own teachings which explains the significance of the direction the door faces, how the poles stretch high as a connection to Creator and are firmly planted on the ground as a connection to Mother Earth.    

The Manito Ahbee Festival continues to provide programming that centers around Reconciliation. The Tipi Raising Contest is part of our ongoing efforts to bring all nations together. The winners will take home prize money home as well as bragging rights as fastest Tipi Raiser.  This event continues the Festival’s mission of sharing Indigenous culture to unify, educate and inspire.  

Contest Category Qualifications:    

General Public Category – Open to All - This category is reserved for competitors who are 18 years or older.  Each team must have 4 members.(Men, Women or Mixed).   

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 4.    


Must be registered as a team of (4)
All supplies will be provided to compete.
Teams will be judged on their communication skills, teamwork and how quickly they can raise a tipi.  
Team must take down tipi once judging has been completed.
Have fun!!   

For more information please email powwow@manitoahbee.com

Please be advised this event will be recorded and photos will be taken.   

Registration will be available soon.