New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_B16672
A diorama of a Seneca Village illustrates how longhouses were constructed, 1937.
What are the people building?
Why do you think it is so big?
Could whole families live there together?
What are the people using to build this home?
What shape is it?
How is it different from your home?
What materials are they using to make the longhouse?
Why would they use these?
Why was a longhouse constructed to last approximately ten years?
Looking at the materials being used to construct the longhouse, what can you tell about where these people live?
Research the materials used and the steps involved in making a longhouse. Replicating these materials as closely as possible, create a model of a longhouse.
Math: Make a scale drawing of a longhouse.
Science: Get bark from several different trees. Set up experiments to find out which one(s) would have been best for roofs and/or coverings for longhouses. Explain your findings.
English Language Arts: Create a chart showing the steps used to make a longhouse.
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Levine, Ellen and Shelley Hehenberger. If You Lived at the Time of the Iroquois (If You Lived Series). Scholastic, Inc., September 1999. ISBN: 0590674455
Lund, Bill. The Iroquois Indians. Capstone Press, May 1997. ISBN: 1560654805
Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast. New Dimension Media, May 2004. ASIN: B00028G62G