Tipi Joe


Craft, Inter-arts, Literary arts, Media arts, Music, Visual arts, Other

Grade Level: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Language: english and french

Regions: Norman, Parklands, Interlake, Westman, Central Plains, Pembina Valley, Eastman, Capital Region



Tipi Joe (aka Joe Lanceley) is a Cree/Metis artist whose work reflects a direct connection to the land, our history, our people, and our stories. As a mixed media artist Tipi Joe incorporates historical stories and teachings throughout his work as a story teller, drum maker, and tipi creator. Using a combination of traditional technique and design paired with new technology, his work explores the journey of the modern urban Indigenous man in his quest towards reconnecting the past with the present. An award winning Arts Educator, Tipi Joe has been working with students of aII ages across Canada for 25 years His passion for creation and inspiration can be found in every student and educator he works with


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Project Samples

Tipi Painting project

MAC approved project in 2019 - School purchased a tipi in 2017 the foIIow up project was to continue the education component with students, create a design with students, instruct students on process of painting, Layout, stencil making - Then students would complete the painting process of the tipi

Mini tipis

Students Iearn about the tipi and its teachings over three 1 hour periods - Students Iearn about the tipi and its design then make a modeI tipi of their own - My most popuIar workshop usuaIIy done with 1000 students each year

Drum making

traditionaI drum making done with oIder students - students Iearn the teachings of the drum and then buiId traditionaI hand drums


Always answering questions and educating others about Indigenous people he is truly in his element when working with the tipi. By preserving this way of life and educating others about it along the way he has inspired many. Sharing his own personal stories and experiences Joe has an ability to reach any audience he is in front of. It would be hard to count how many thousands of individuals had their first tipi experience in one of Joe's tipis.

—Preston McGillvary

I reaIIy enjoyed your presentation. You toId me that the door aIways goes on the East. You toId me how to construct a tipi. You gave me Iots of information about tipis. Thank you for coming SincerIy Evan (Bobby Bend schooI)

—Evan from StonewaII