Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Native Family

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows a native family in the Namanga region of Kenya. It looks as if the house is a partial dugout. Perhaps they used the dirt dug to make the hole to make the bricks for the walls. Houses like this are not an uncommon site to this day.

1 comment:

  1. All the pictures you've posted this week have been from 1936, and that fact has made an interesting contrast with the "today" shots that you have shared with us.

    The house in this one is particularly interesting, more so as you say there are still houses like it today. Dirt from the hole help to make bricks for the walls. But it also strikes me that having the house cut down into the earth like that would probably make it cooler in the daytime, and warmer in the desert nighttime.

    My grandparents homesteaded in SD in 1907, and built a sod hut, since there were no trees to cut for a cabin. They made their "bricks" by first cutting the prairie grasses for hay, then cutting into the soil and roots and slightly drying out the resulting "bricks." Then they used them just like the mud bricks these people used. Sod huts, with their thick walls, were fairly cool in the hot summers, and with an iron stove, fairly warm in the very cold winters. Sometimes even in very different environments, like this one and the American prairies, people come up with similar solutions.

    This has been a very interesting series of pictures. Thank you!


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