Model of Shâpuhtuwân or Longhouse Shelter

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We built houses of this size to hold a large number of people. The shâpuhtuwân could accommodate as many as 10 families; so when many people wished to stay together, this is what we built. We also used this type of dwelling for meetings. When we used to hunt caribou, we would build this type of house because it could hold 40 caribou on its racks. The three hearths would be used for drying the meat. During long caribou hunts, the women would sometimes follow the hunters’ trail and erect this type of shelter near the kill so that the carcasses would not have to be carried long distances.



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