Topic: We want to learn more about the kinds of houses Native Americans live in?

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1. What materials did Native Americans use to build houses? Were the houses the same size?

2. When they built their houses, did it trap heat inside? ANSWER: They build houses in the fall, spring, and summer. Yes it traps heat inside of the houses.

3. How long did it take to build a house?

4. How many kinds of houses were there? ANSWER: There is lots of kinds of houses like Longhouses, and Wigwams

5. How many Native Americans can fit in one house? ANSWER: 15 and up or below.

6. How many houses (longhouses / wigwams) were in Michigan?

7. Why was there more food areas then beds in the houses? Did they (design) build it like that?

8. Did they have tools to build the houses? Did they use their bare hands? ANSWER: Yes they had tools like: Rocks, Sticks, ECT

9. How much space would the houses have in them?

10. Did the animals that they owned stay in their house or stay outside? Did the Natives build huts, barns or houses for the animals? ANSWER: Yes sometimes the owner will let there pet inside of the house.

Research Take your notes here. Use bullet points to separate your notes. Cite your notes so that you remember where they came from!
1. Native Homes
2. Nations of the Western Great Lakes
  • We learned that there was only two kinds of houses in Michigan. (1)
  • Before they built longhouses the men of the tribe had to go into the woods to peel bark off young trees. (1)
  • We learned that when it snowed or rained the hole on the roof would be closed. (1)
  • The men go out in the woods and peel bark from big trees and then they dry it up and make it into dry sheets. (3)
  • There was lots of kinds of houses like THE LEAN-TO. (1)
  • Fire places in longhouses are dug into the ground. (4)
  • Iroquois families and lots of others lived together in a longhouses. (4)
  • Each family that lived in a longhouse had their own section for sleeping and other things. (4)
  • The finished length of a longhouses was about 100 feet. (4)
  • We learned that their weapons, fur and other things were hung on the walls of the longhouse. (4)
  • We learned that the builder of a wigwam has to do the first thing that is trace out the outline of the house. (1)
  • Many of the longhouses had a large fence, called a palisade it protected them. (4)
  • Next the men had to make the frame so they stuck four large poles in the ground where the corners (frame) of the longhouse would be. (4)
  • Each pole in a wigwam gets tied together with bass wooden strips. (1)
  • Building a longhouse was very hard work and building longhouses took very long. (1)
  • There were lots of coverings on top of the houses especially in the winter. (1)
  • They built fireplaces and fire pits that ran down the middle of the longhouses. (4)
  • Longhouses were curved and the top and constructed from wooden poles were fastened with leather straps instead of nails. (5)
  • Once a frame was secure, the cover was put on the house. (1)
  • Most doors were flaps at the front and on the sides of the longhouses and in spite of the basic structure, these hides and poles were made to withstand all kinds of weather. (5)
  • Each pole had a partner directly across from it. (1)
  • Lots of longhouses were build for some privacy. (5)
  • An opening in a wigwam allows some from the campfire to get out. (1)
  • A man's home is his castle" was not the motto of Native Americans who lived in longhouses. (5)
  • Sharing and togetherness was required for such habitations. (5)

Copy and paste URLs to good websites or databases that you find here. It will make it easy for you to visit those good websites next time you work on your project!
  1. Book: Native Homes. Pages: 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  2. Book: Nations of the Western Great Lakes. Pages: 16, 17,
3. Book: Life In a Longhouse Village. Pages: 7,
4. Website: http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312452/Longhouses.htm
5. Website: http://www.indians.org/articles/longhouses.html

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