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American Indians

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Author: Frederick Starr
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,164 / 163 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 2,434
Added to site: 2011.12.19 31110
Genre: History

Intended for educational purposes, this book explains a lot of the old ways of different tribes .

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ny different sorts of climate and surroundings, the Indian tribes differed much in their house building. Where the climate was raw and foggy, down near the coast, they dug a pit and erected a shelter of redwood poles about it. In the snow belt, the house was conical in form and built of great slabs of bark. In warm low valleys, large round or oblong houses were made of willow poles covered with hay. At Clear Lake there were box-shaped houses; the walls were built of vertical posts, with poles lashed horizontally across them; these were not always placed close together, but so as to leave many little square holes in the walls; the flat roof was made of poles covered with thatch. In the great treeless plains of the Sacramento and San Joaquin they made dome-shaped, earth-covered houses, the doorway in which was sometimes on top, sometimes near the ground on the side. In the Kern and Tulare valleys, where the weather is hot and almost rainless, the huts are made of marsh rushes.





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