A tepee is a conical dwelling traditionally used by Native American tribes as a portable shelter. It is made of wooden poles covered with animal hides or canvas. The structure is designed to be easily assembled and disassembled, making it ideal for nomadic lifestyles. The tepee is typically open at the top to allow for ventilation and the escape of smoke from a central fire pit. Today, tepees are still used for cultural and ceremonial purposes, as well as for camping and outdoor recreation.