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Did you know that did you know the seat facing the door inside a Native American Home was considered to be an honored spot to sit? Usually the man of the house or a privileged guest would sit there. Did you know that some western tribes had homes similar to a wigwam; these homes were called a wikiup? Read our fun facts sheet for kids to find out more fascinating facts and information. Why not watch the free entertaining video and learn about Native American Homes the quick and easy way!

Fun Fact 1: There were many different types of Native American Indian homes the variation depended on location, climate, materials and lifestyle of the tribe


Fun Fact 2: The weather conditions in North America are extremely varied; hot regions such as the desert can reach temperatures up to 49C (120F) and the Arctic regions is as low as -50 C (-58F). The climate would be a factor on the type of Native American Indian home that was built

Fun Fact 3: Native American tribes led diverse lifestyles; some Native American tribes were nomadic (did not live in one place) some were semi-nomadic, and others were static (remained in the same place). The homes were very different and where adapted to the lifestyle of the tribe, the landscape and regional weather conditions

Fun Fact 4: What different types of static houses did the American Indians live in? Types of static homes include; earthen lodges/houses, hogans, pit house, longhouses, adobe house (made from clay and straw) and plank houses (made of wood, usually cedar)

Fun Fact 5: What different types of nomadic houses did the American Indians live in? Types of nomadic homes include; tepees, wigwams, brush shelters and wickiups (made of grass or brushwood) and chickees (a thatched covered, open sided shelter)

Fun Fact 6: Some Native American tribes had two different types of houses which enabled them to change according to the season and lifestyle

Fun Fact 7: What is the difference between a wigwam and a tepee? Wigwams are a small domed shaped structure covered with animal skin and/or bark. A tepee is a conical shaped tent like structure, typically used by the Indians of the Great Plains who followed herds of bison

Fun Fact 8: Wigwams were small homes that measured approximately 4.5 metres wide. They were constructed from bent tree branches tied together to form a dome shape. The exterior was covered with animal hide, bark, grass or brush-wood

Fun Fact 9: Permanent homes or static homes were built by Native American tribes who stayed in one region which was close to natural food and water supplies. The homes were generally made of a wooden frame covered in regional clay, mud, straw, bark and/or grass

Fun Fact 10: Sometimes the Native American Indian tribes built their homes with the door facing east; this ensured that they could see the sunrise

Fun Fact 11: All homes had a hole in the roof which enabled the smoke from the fire to escape

Fun Fact 12: What did Native American Indian tribes eat? Diets varied depending on what was available in the region. It was common for the diet to include bison, caribou, deer, rabbit, fish, birds, plants, fruit, nuts, berries and honey

Fun Fact 13: How did the Native Americans cook? There were various ways to cook meals including; burying food in the hot ashes of a fire, spit roasting over a fire, clay pits and mud ovens and by the use of hot rocks that had been heated in a fire

Fun Fact 14: How did the changing seasons affect the Native American way of life? The changing seasons affected lifestyles in different ways; the food varied, the warmth of the home and clothing changed and the mode of transport may have altered

Fun Fact 15: Native American Indian Inuit people built small domed homes made of bricks of ice; called an igloo these home were surprisingly warm. The fire in an igloo consists of animal oils which were ignited in a similar way to a candle

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