Tim Deane, of Morristown, Tennessee, began attending powwow’s as a drive for his two children who started powwow dancing in 1992.
Becoming bored as ‘just the driver” and seeing tipi’s and tipi competitions as well as reading the Laubin’s “The Indian Tipi” (seen by many to be the Bible of tipi), Deane bought his first tipi — a 14-foot R.K. Lodge — in July of 1993. He started furnishing it and attending regional and national tipi competitions in 1995.
In January 2003, he bought his most recent tipi, a Reese 19 ½ foot diameter tipi. Most of the authentic Lakota Sioux articles and furnishings in the tipi have been made by him.
Deane started powwow dancing in the spring of 1993 as a straight dancer (southern men’s traditional dancer), and was taught and encouraged by a member of the Kiowa Tai-pai Warrior Soviety.
He’s been a member of the White Star Gourd Dance Society since 1998, based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, which danced with Kiowa Gourd Dance Societies at Anadarko, Oklahoma.
Deane has been a co-advisor for the Tsoyaha Indian Dancers and Mossy Creek Singers of Morristown, Tennessee since 1993. He served as a board member of the East Tennessee Indian League of Knoxville, Tennessee from 1996 to 2005, and helped with the Knoxville Powwow for over 12 years. He was responsible for the drum, tipi, hoop dance competitions as well as serving as the vice chair for the dance arena.
He has also taught at several southeast and national seminars on various forms of bead working, straight dancing, singing, tipi life and parfleche making and painting.
In 2014, he was the 15th annual National Powwow tipi camp and competition coordinator. He will hold the same positions again in 2017.
Deane has based his tipi in the tradition of the Laudin’s. Everyone is invited to come inside to feel the spirit, the same spirit that inspired him to become a tipi owner over 20 years ago, at the Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum Pow Wow on Saturday and Sunday at 4116 Cumberland Falls Hwy., just outside Corbin.