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
“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
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.
Modern – Odeyto Indigenous Center, Toronto, Ontario
Seneca Bark Longhouse – National Historic Landmark
Maloca – Amazon
Ruka Mapuche, Chile
Casa Indigena Maya, Yucatan, Mexico
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.