McMurry University's Tipi Village kicks off homecoming weekend

POSTED: 10:13 PM Oct 25 2012   UPDATED: 12:32 PM Oct 26 2012
Tipi Village
ABILENE, Texas -

For 60 years students at McMurry University have built tipis as part of their Homecoming weekend -- and this year is no different.

Thursday, student organizations tried their hardest to build the best tipi they could during their Homecoming Sunset Ceremony.

The McMurry marching band started off their annual Homecoming ceremony, but that wasn't Thursday’s main event. Some student organizations competed to build a tipi as fast as they could as part of a Homecoming tradition at McMurry University.

"Last week we got it in five minutes so it's really exciting to get it in two minutes today," said Mary Elizabeth Scott, a junior at McMurry University and a member of Theta Chi Lambda sorority. 

Other students weren't as concerned with time, but more with accuracy.

"Our first president was actually raised on an Indian reservation so we kind of do this every year as tradition to show our respect for the Indians," said Chelsea Miller, McMurry University Senior and member of Delta Beta Epsilon.  

Students plan, design and build the tipis or wigwams after studying specific tribes cultures. Then elementary students visit Tipi Village to learn about the chosen tribes.

"We’ve been practicing since the first week of school. Putting up the tipi and what we're going to say tomorrow when the kids come. I mean we plan it for a long time whenever we do it," said Miller, whose Sorority chose to model their tipi after the Kiowa Tribe. 

Homecoming weekend continues with a bonfire at 9:30 p.m. Friday, There will also be other homecoming related events, including a football game Saturday afternoon.