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Tipi Etiquette

q       If the door is open, a friend may enter the tipi directly.  But if it is closed, he should announce his presence and wait for                               the owner to invite him to come in.

q       A male enters to the right and waits for the host to invite him to sit to the left of the owner at the rear.  Be hospitable.

q       Always assume your guest is tired, cold, and hungry.

q       Always give your guest the place of honor in the lodge and at the feast, and serve him in reasonable ways.

q       Invited guests are expected to bring their own bowls and spoons.

q       Never sit while your guests stand.

q       Women never sit cross-legged like men.  They can sit on their heels or with their legs to one side.

q       If your guest refuses certain foods, say nothing.  He may be under a fast.

q       Protect your guest as one of the family.

q       Do not trouble your guest with many questions about himself.  He will tell you what he wants you to know.

q       In another man’s lodge, follow his customs – not your own.

q       Never worry your host with your troubles.

q       Always repay calls of courtesy.  Do not delay.

q       Give your host a little present upon leaving.  Little presents are little courtesies and never offend.

q       Say “Thank You” for every gift, however small.

q       Compliment, even if you must strain the facts to do so.

q       Never walk between persons talking.

q       Never interrupt persons talking.

q       Always give place to your seniors in entering or leaving the lodge, or anywhere else.

q       Never sit while your seniors stand.

q       Never force your conversations on anyone.

q       Speak softly, especially before your elders, or in the presence of strangers.

q       Never come between anyone and the fire.

q       Do not stare at strangers.  Drop your eyes if they stare hard at you.

q       The woman of the lodge is the keeper of the fire, but the men should help with heavier logs.

q       Be kind.

q       Show respect to all men and women, but grovel to none.

q       Let silence be your motto, until duty bids you to speak.

q       Thank GOD for every meal.