Yurok Indian Houses

A Yurok House on Klamath River.

Yurok Indian Houses

Posted by Bruneau Amitee on Friday, 22 May, 2020 10:05:46

Redwood or Cedar Plank Houses were built by many North Coast tribes up to and through most of the 19th century. Typically the houses were approximately 20 feet by 20 feet not including the roof overhang. The planks were either split from naturally fallen trees or removed from large trees, allowing the tree to heal and remain alive.

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The Yurok Indians had houses that were made out of redwood planks.The houses were also made with a slanted roof to help drain the rainwater off the roof. The houses were made from split redwood logs which supported the houses' frame. To hold the house up they used square poles and grape vines. The houses were large,sturdy and very cozy.

The Yurok Tribe is currently the largest group of Native Americans in the state of California, with over 5,000 enrolled members. The Yurok reservation of 63,035 acres (25,509 ha) has an 80% poverty rate and 70% of the inhabitants do not have telephone service or electricity, according to the tribe's Web page.

Although they built plank houses like many Northwest tribes, they also shared similar religious and cultural practices with other California Indians. In modern times the Yurok have recommitted to their traditions and attempt to keep the world in balance through "good stewardship, hard work, wise laws, and constant prayers to the Creator." History

VA #1 California Indian Houses Yurok house Cahuilla house . VA #2 Plains Miwok Houses. VA #3 Making a Tule Boat This presentation shows examples of ecosystem goods and ecosystem services that were used by specific California Indian tribes.