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The Woodland Indian Wigwam.

Le Loup

Rüdiger Nehberg
Apr 29, 2011
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New England NSW
This shows the construction of the wigwam that I built in the forest. The previous video shows how & debarked the bush poles. I would have liked to have covered this wigwam in bark, but I simply could not justify killing trees just to make this shelter. In a survival situation I would of course use tree bark, as it is I used whatever I had to hand. I did manage to secure some small strips of bark from a dead tree which I used to fill in some gaps.


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The bed made up of rolled strips of inner bark from the Stringybark tree. This came from debarking the poles to make the wigwam frame.
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I started the frame with only four secured poles, tied with cordage made from the inner bark of the Stringybark tree. Then I made this hoop from green wood & secured it to the four poles. All the other poles are then secured to this hoop.
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The fireplace. I used fire irons for hanging my kettle, but I could have used wood or I could hang the kettle from the wigwam poles.
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This is the drying rack & fireplace I constructed outside.
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In fine weather I use the outside cook fire which has a tripod for hanging my kettle.