Monday, November 21, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
In the picture to the right, you can see fish drying in the background on two poles.
Families built houses out of whatever materials they had on hand--where wood was common, they used wood. Where wood wasn't common, people built houses out of stone or sod (dirt.) Some of the oldest still-standing houses in the world were built of stone and surrounded by sod in very cold places, thousands of years ago. A stone house is very sturdy and can last for a very long time, after all.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
I have so got to clean out my research files, so here are a few gems.
Here is a Sami family with reindeer, (courtesy of Wikipedia,) taken around 1900. (Traditional Sami clothing was not as brightly colored as more modern festive clothing, which I like very much.)
Mobile people have always had to keep their belongings few and easy to pack, including their homes. The tipi is a very efficiently designed home for a mobile people, and thus more than one group has likely hit upon the idea, independent of each other.
(The Scandinavian settlement in Greenland struggled and ultimately failed to grow enough food during their short, cool summers.)