27 July 2010

Yurt Compared to Longhouse

A picture of a yurt from the 1915 color photos of Russia:

yurt close girl on carpet


Compared to the Algonquian longhouse reconstruction seen at Jamestown:
YOu ave to wonder if the reconstruction is made to look especially shabby, ie authentic. I mean we don't have any actual photos of Powhatan architecture, right? These are American reconstructions based on 500 year old European descriptions. I wonder if we had color photography in 1607, if the longhouse would have looked even more like the yurt?

longhouse reconstruction phot of the interior:

1 comment:

Mark Miller said...

At least now we know where the USMC got their inspiration for the Quonset Hut.