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  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Plants, Trees & Shelters / House Construction & Wigwams

    Resources: 17 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    Building a Hogan
    Navajo US - Southwest
    There are two types of hogans, the male and the female hogan. Many of the ceremonies take place in the male hogan. The male hogan is more aggressive; the place where one meets their enemy. ... Inside the male hogan the ceremonial fire is very dangerous. The female hogan's fire is in contrast warm and inviting. It warms the family and cooks our food. The female hogan is where the family lives. ... The instructions on this page relate to the female hogan.
    Chickasaw Housing prior to European Influence
    Chickasaw US - Southeast
    Each Chickasaw of consequence owned a group of dwellings, including the winter house, corn house, and fowl house. The women had a communal menstrual house they used for the "unclean times" and for a time after giving birth to a child.
    More sites on www.chickasaw.net
    Construction of a Traditional Kwakiutl House
    Articles from U'mista News - Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians - Franz Boas. The houses of the Kwakiutl form a square, the sides of which are from 40 to 60 feet long.
    More sites on www.schoolnet.ca
    Effigy Moundbuilding
      US - Southeast
    The effigy-mound culture centers in Wisconsin, particularly in the southern half of the state and extends into contiguous southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and northern Illinois. The effigy mounds are constructed in the forms of animals such as bear, deer, panther, wolf, fox, buffalo and turtle; and also in the images of birds such as eagles, swallows and geese.
    More sites on www.mnsu.edu
    Haida House Models
    Haida Canada - Western
    Haida sculptures range from tall totem poles to the equally complex carved handles of horn spoons. This ability to express artistic concepts over a range of sizes and forms has attracted the admiration of art afficionados worldwide. - The Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    More sites on www.civilisations.ca
    Historical Scale Models
    Yurok US - West
    Our services and products range from historical and on-site research through exacting scale model and full-size building to complete display project creation and management. We also provide indigenous architectural consulting and, in some cases, plans and kits.
    Ho-Chunk Culture Wigwam Project
    Ho-Chunk US - Northeast
    Wigwam Construction Project: Report on the WIGWAM Project, Phases, Gather the Materials, Layout the Structure, Construction Begins, Finish the Structure and The People Involved in the Project
    More sites on www.ho-chunknation.com
    Homes of the Past - ROM
    Iroquois Canada - Eastern
    The longhouses were built by the men in the village. The wood for the houses was cut down in the spring when it was still flexible, and brought to the village. The ends of the posts were sharpened into points using stone axes, and some were charred, or burned, to make it last longer in the ground. The walls of the longhouse were made from elm bark that was cut into rectangular slabs to be used for roof shingles and wall siding.
    House Creation
      US - Northeast
    Building a house in modern society is extremely different from the ways in which houses were built in the past. In the past one couldn't just call up a contractor and have them build the house to certain specifications with all the modern conveniences. What they did was work very hard within the family unit and learned the necessary skills from previous generations.
    More sites on www.anthro.mankato.msus.edu
    House Types of Native Americans
    Created by Madison, Wisconsin schools. Hogan Hopi Village, Igloo, Grass lodge, Wickiup, Wigwam, Long House.
    How To Build A Wigwam
    After a quite a bit of reading and quite a lot of listening, my son and I tried to make a small lodge at camp one day. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy the structure went together. There are many different ways of building wigwams and sweat lodges.The following illustrations are based on generalized methods used by Americans for many many years.
    Kapminaute: the Innu "Round Wigwam"
      Canada - Eastern
    In his 1953 publication, I Live in the Woods," Paul Provencher described this housing structure as "a type of shelter used particulary by the Montagnais Indians when they intend staying in one place for any length of time. Sometimes it is built for winter quarters"
    More sites on www.innu.ca
    Native American Shelters
    East and Southeast, Great Basin and West Coast, Northeast, Northwest Coast, Plains, Southwest, Subarctic and Arctic.
    More sites on www.anthro.mankato.msus.edu
    Settlements in North America - Northeast
    The Native American cultures in the Northeast relied heavily on the use of timber. The use of this timber is evident in their living shelters. The living shelters of the Northeast Native Americans are called Long Houses. The long house was favored more in the winter months than in the summer ones. The long house was a one story apartment house, with many people of the tribe sharing the warmth and space
    More sites on www.anthro.mankato.msus.edu
    Rocky Mountain Survival Group E-mail List Archive
      United States
    A comprehensive web site on tipis. Covers historical to modern uses of the lodge. Goes into material, transportation, construction, living in, decoration etc. Large picture heavy site on tipis.
    Wickiups, Indian houses
      US - Central
    Phots of youth's building a wickiup frame at an event sponsored by the South Texas Archeology Association.
    More sites on www.texasindians.com

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