Working on a rewrite of the Help Yourself to a Tribal Healthy Home as a part of the Extension National Healthy Homes Partnership this year, I also put up some new social media venues in this vein. Facebook obviously is a popular way to get information out that is not as technical as blogs and has a snappy photo to go with the idea. The last several weeks I’ve been putting up posts of traditional examples of tribal housing from around the country (with building and construction material observations).
One of the common threads on these housing examples (usually from a time period before building materials were exported in) is that the housing was pretty much a part of the earthen soil, and was seen as a part of the landscape by the residents. Some of it was seasonal housing and other examples being permanent location/place housing. In any case, the hosing used the local building materials that were directly available on site (or “roaming” nearby in the case of buffalo skin roofs on tepees).
Obviously you don’t have to be a member of a tribe or live in a village/reservation to enjoy and learn from the examples. If you have an interest to peruse the site it so far has about a half dozen posts and will grow by at least a few a couple a week. Remember though, it is a part of a national effort to get outreach and discussion going around tribal housing and thus will not be Alaskan: https://www.facebook.com/Tribal-Healthy-Homes-366768423731639/ ——-AN————