Aboriginal Housing in Canada: History of Adaptation to Environment

Totem poleThe aboriginal houses reveal a history of successful adaptations to particular environment, cultural beliefs and lifestyle practices. At one hand owing to their nomadic lifestyle, some houses were simple, portable, and even temporary. However, then there were some whose architecture was breathtaking. The environment played a major role in the house buildup and community arrangement of aboriginal people. For instance, the Haida people, once living on the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C utilized the abundant forests in shape of tall trees for house building. On the contrary, the Huron were a sedentary tribe who lived in longhouse made of small trees and even barricaded their villages.

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