The Forgotten Canopy community seeks to foster exchange between scholars and practitioners of ephemeral architecture and to assist in the process of questioning and mapping this area as a critical front in the study of trans-American art and architectural history. We aim to share information with and foster exchange between thatch builders (Indigenous and African descendants) and Native American Knowledge Keepers vital to complementing the scholarly understandings we obtain through academic investigation.
Chukka – The Traditional Choctaw House, Chahta Anumpa Aiikhvna, School of Choctaw Language
Chickee – Seminole Tribe of Florida
Seminole Chickees, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
Video – Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
Housing – The Chickasaw Nation
REAL LIFE Caribbean – Meeting the Kalinago
“Toshiko Mori Architect Tops Circular School in Senegal with Thatch Roof,” by Tom Ravenscroft, Dezeen, September 28, 2020
“Rwandan ‘Anti-Thatch’ Campaign Leaves Thousands of ‘Pygmies’ Homeless,” Survival, April 1, 2011
Traditional Cultural Landscapes – Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Mónica Arellano, “Repensar el futuro de los materiales desde lo vernáculo: el agave en la arquitectura tradicional otomí en México,” March Daily, August 13, 2022.
Thatching Info.com, United Kingdom
“Grass Houses: Built to Last,” Caddo People, courtesy of the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio
“The Maguey as Building Material,” Masa Americana, October 12, 2020.
Chinookan Plank Houses, The Oregon Encyclopedia.
Taos Pueblo – Adobe Architecture
Modern – Odeyto Indigenous Center, Toronto, Ontario
Haudenosaunee Confederacy Housing (Long House)
Seneca Bark Longhouse – National Historic Landmark
Navajo/Diné Hogan Architecture
Maloca – Amazon
Ruka Mapuche, Chile
Casa Indigena Maya, Yucatan, Mexico
Architecture Peruvian Rainforest
Sarayaku Architecture, Ecuador
Otomi Architecture, Hidalgo, Mexico
Totora Architecture, Uros
Aida Amine Casanova Rosado, “La Casa Maya, proceso de arquitectura vernácula, pragmática y tradicionalmente sustentable,” November 22, 2021, UNESCO.