CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2010 |
The light of a full moon through desert fog cast an ethereal glow around a spacious tepee as worshipers gathered in the foothills of Palomar Mountain last weekend for an all-night prayer meeting of the Native American Church of North America. The Rev. John Nighthorse Tyler, a Northern Arapaho originally from Wyoming, beckoned 36 people to sit on blankets and pillows in a circle facing a carefully tended fire in the middle. Participants had traveled to this site, 40 miles southeast of Temecula, from as far away as San Francisco to remember Albert Bianez, who died a year ago at age 61. They emerged from the womb-like tepee 12 hours later, greeting the new day as if spiritually reborn.
March 14, 2010 |
At 2 a.m. the coyotes began circling, yipping and howling in the darkness beyond our tepee. I gulped hard and stared at my friend Terry. Were these fearsome beasts poised to attack? Terry just laughed. "Think they'll gnaw us to death?" he asked. We had checked in about 1 a.m. after a five-hour, after-work drive from Los Angeles. Our domicile for two nights in mid-February was one of three tepees on the grounds of China Ranch, a date farm in the tiny town of Tecopa just outside Death Valley National Park.
HOME & GARDEN
October 28, 2004 |
Celia Williams decided to bust out. After a lifetime of teaching, she wanted to live differently at her Altadena property, to explore her Native American heritage. She bought a tepee. Julian Fielder needed space. The opera singer's Silver Lake house wasn't big enough for two creative people. His partner, actor Christopher Grossett, is a tennis fanatic. Fielder couldn't take the bop-bop of TV tennis while he tried to study his librettos.
July 11, 2002 |
Home is a green concrete tepee on a boulevard of barred buildings and weedy lots. Rudy Rios arrived late at the Wigwam Motel--50 years after it became a novelty stopping place for families driving west to Los Angeles. He got here the way so many guests now do, through hardship, after a divorce left him homeless. "Sometimes," Rios said, "you come out with nothing." The Wigwam would be just another low-rent motel on Foothill Boulevard, at the Rialto and San Bernardino border, if not for its striking architecture and iconic status on historic Route 66. The 20 tepees left over from 1950 are all 30 feet tall and clustered like an Indian village.
November 23, 2000 |
Uh-oh. Indians on the Mall for Thanksgiving. Yep: the other guys from that 1621 banquet, front and center in the nation's capital, and all the inconvenient truths they represent. There they are, in three tepees by the Washington Monument. A family. Just a single Omaha family and some friends. You just know they're not commemorating that nice first Thanksgiving meal, when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe of Patuxet sat down together.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1999 |
Librarians constantly face the question: Where's the children's section? But more and more the answer comes from whimsical designs, lively colors, kid-sized furniture and cozy nooks that all but shout: "Over here." For example, inside the Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library in North Hills, a colorful tepee structure attracts young readers. If you see floating bubbles, a sailboat full of books and a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium, you've reached the children's room at the Huntington Beach Library.