Posted by: lemmod | March 23, 2010

American Indian Housing

Knowing all the different climates throughout America and how difficult it must be for American Indians to adapt to the climate, I wanted to explore the different types of houses that American Indians created. I soon discovered that there were over a dozen houses American Indians used for housing. A few of these include Wigwams, Longhouses, Tepees, and Adobe houses. For wigwams, these houses were about 8-10 feet tall and covered in birch bark. Longhouses were extremely larger and could be 150 feet long, 20 feet wide and high using elm bark for siding. Both these housing styles were used by people who wanted to stay in one place for a long time. A third housing style, tepees, are probably the most known and are cone shaped wooden tents generally covered in buffalo hide for siding. Tepees approximately rose 12 feet high depending on the Indian tribe. Although, once tribes began to acquire horses, they soon created tepees that were about twice as high. Unlike wigwams and longhouses, tepees were designed to break down easily and were great for American Indians who traveled from place to place. The last housing style I wanted to explore was the adobe houses. These houses were built in the southwest and created for withstanding extreme heat. Adobes were made out of clay and were multiple levels in order to house many families. Similar to wigwams and longhouses, these houses were permanent and could not be moved.

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