As the white man discovered in pioneer days, the Indian was a family man and would fight to protect his home. While we usually think of this home as the tepee of the Plains Indian, Robert Hofsinde points out, in this unique and handsomely illustrated book, that Indian homes were made of many different materials and possessed a variety of shapes.
For instance, Ojibwa families built four seasonal homes, although their domed wig- wam was the most permanent. These families lived alone, but the longhouses of the Iroquois, the totem-decorated plank houses of the Nootka in the Pacific Northwest, and the cliff homes of the ancestors of the Pueblo were community dwellings.
The descriptions of how Indian homes were built, from the open chikees of the Seminole in the Everglades to the cozy earth lodges of the Mandan, are easy to follow, and readers can use them to build their own. Mr. Hofsinde shows the life and customs that went with each home, and the changes that modern times have made in them.
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