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WIGWAM

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 629 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WIGWAM, a term loosely adopted as a general name for the houses of North American Indians. It is, however, strictly applied to a particular dome-shaped or conical hut made of poles lashed together at the tops and covered with bark. The skin tents of many of the Plains Indians are called tipis. The word " wigwam " represents the Europeanized or Anglicized form of the Algonkian wekou-om-ut, i.e. " in his (their) house."
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