Communities/Knowledge Keepers

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

Building Chickees

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, 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.