Northwest Native Americans-Plank house

Most villages had large rectangular houses. Each had 30 to 40 people living in it. They  made them by covering large logs with planked sides. The posts were decorated with carved figures. Many families lived in one of these large houses. Each family was allowed a space about the size of a barn stall. Each family had its own fire, but cookfires in the middle of the building were shared. Farther south the homes had low cone-likel roofs. In the north sweat houses were built for both men and women, and for men only in the south. Large totem poles carved from tree trunks stood in front of the homes. The totem poles showed the titles of the head of the household.



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Come inside a Plank house.



Can you find the campfire?






Inside of Yurok Plank House

The pit helps to keep the heat.  An opening in the roof above the pit lets in light and smoke to get out.  Air comes in through holes in the planks (wood boards) and the door.  The traditional Yurok plank house was practical and comfortable for one family.