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Wickiup - The popular term for the brush shelter or mat covered house of the Paiute, Apache, and other tribes of Nevada, Arizona, and nearby territory.  The name also was applied to the small house or sweat house built by the Plains Indians for taking sweat baths.  Several heated stones were placed in the center of the lodge, the framework of which was covered with skins or blankets.  The person or persons within poured water over the hot stones to produce steam.

The Cheyenne, Dakota, and Crow, when on the warpath, built small wickiups as temporary lodges when they made camp for the night.  These usually were no more than three feet in height.

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