A few years ago, Facilities Director Richard Strong taught a class at Carleton entitled Eco-House Design and Construction. In the class, students explored designs for an energy efficient, cost effective, and aesthetically pleasing student housing. They also constructed examples of these designs. One of them was a 17 ft. high, canvas Tipi (tepee); The Tipi proved to be a great example of Eco-friendly housing.
When the course was discontinued, there was no use for the Tipi, and consequently it was placed in storage.
On Monday, July 16th, the Tipi found a new home with the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance. They plan to use the Tipi in their 9th Annual Great Dakota Gathering, which takes place on September 14–16. Throughout the weekend, hundreds of people will have the opportunity to sit, talk, and eat, among a number of things, within a Tipi that former Carleton students created. More importantly, the Tipi the students created will now have a lasting purpose.
On behalf of the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance, Advisory Board member Martin Bernard and General Counsel John Borman say, "Wopida" which is Dakota for "thank you".
Click here for more information on how you can be a part of the 9th Annual Great Dakota Gathering.