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Tipi Etiquette 

  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Always assume your guest is tired, cold, and hungry.  
  • Always give your guest the place of honor in the lodge and at the feast, and serve him in reasonable ways.  
  • Invited guests are expected to bring their own bowls and spoons.  
  • Never sit while your guests stand.  
  • Women never sit cross-legged like men. They can sit on their heels or with their legs to one side. 
  • If your guests refuse certain foods, say nothing. He may be under vow.  
  • Protect your guest as one of the family.  
  • Do not trouble your guest with many questions about himself. He will tell you what he wants to know.  
  • In another man's lodge, follow his customs-not your own.  
  • Never worry your host with your troubles.  
  • Always repay calls of courtesy. Do not delay.  
  • Give your host a little present upon leaving. Little presents are little courtesies and never offend. 
  • Say "thank you" for every gift, however small.  
  • Compliment, even if you strain the facts to do so.  
  • Never walk between persons talking. 
  • Never interrupt persons talking.  
  • Always give place to your seniors in entering or leaving the lodge, or anywhere. 
  • Never sit while your seniors stand. 
  • Never force your conversations on anyone.  
  • Speak softly, especially before your elders, or in the presence of strangers.  
  • Never come between anyone and the fire.  
  • Do not stare at strangers. Drop your eyes if they stare hard at you; above all for women.  
  • The woman of the lodge is the keeper of the fire, but the men should help with the heavier sticks. 
  • Be kind 
  • Show respect to all men and women, but grovel to none.  
  • Let silence be your motto, until duty bids you to speak.  
  • Thank the Great Spirit for every meal.