Monday, July 26, 2010

The longhouse

Near Blackwater NWR on the Eastern Shore of Maryland:

A longhouse can serve any of several purposes: residential (the original longhouse was a multi-family dwelling), religious, or civil. This is a civil longhouse: think town hall or community center. (There is no religious longhouse as such here, though I understand that the tribe does have a church building; nowadays most Nause-Waiwash are Methodists.)

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