Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eskimo Igloo



Welcome to Indigenous Housing Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at various ways people have built houses based on locally available materials. What better way to start than with this picture from 1924 of Eskimos building an Igloo. I wish I understood more about how these people could survive in such inhospitable climates. Imagine . . . no firewood, no vegetables. They had very little to work with, but survived quiet nicely. 

7 comments:

  1. It's a case of "Make do with what you got". Those people were not lazy.

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  2. Igloos are supposedly quite cozy once you get them closed in.

    You have to have the right kind of snow to make the blocks.

    Graham

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  3. Just read a true story The Mountain Man by Wanda Gutierrez. It's about her brother Harvey. He built a home for I believe $7.95 and the whole year lived off the land. In total counting the $7.95 for his home he spent $50 for a whole year. Fascinating story and an amazing man.

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  4. The first nights are the warmest. It gets above freezing and starts to melt. These were only used for a bit of hunting. Easier than a skin hoop tent. But what do I know.

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  5. No thank you....
    I'll take sunny and 80...lol

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  6. Mr PJM
    We haven't had a domestic update in a long time. How are things going with the greenhouse, chickie town, the peacocks and the old cars?
    We would love to hear.
    Graham

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  7. Oh my goodness I love this photo so much. I don't know what it is about this photo but oh my GOSH I love this.

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