Misconceptions ~ Teepees were widely used by the Great Plains tribes of North America, who lived a nomadic existence. Wigwams, on the other hand, were domed dwellings made of grass, cloth, and brush that were popular among the Native Americans of the Northeast and Southwest. American Indian dwelling varied immensely from region to region, and even from season to season.
Since tipi dwellers lived a nomadic lifestyle and moved as the buffalo herds moved, furnishings had to be light and durable. Backrests made of willow branches that had been dried and straightened functioned as chairs. These chairs were leaned against carved tripods to hold them in place.