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Pithouse - Secwepemc Museum 3D Model
Pithouses are semi-subterranean structures used in winter by the Secwepemc beginning at 4500 BP until their contact with Europeans. These were family dwellings that housed up to 25 extended family members. The houses were built using 4-6 large logs placed upright in a circular depression about 1 meter in depth. The domed roof frame was made with wood poles, insulated with cedar bark, and then covered with dirt. These weather proof structures are ideal for winter living because they are warm and dry inside. Families often spent evenings telling stories about the trickster coyote, playing games, and working on clothing or implements. Caches of food gathered over the Spring, Summer and Fall were kept in pits on the outside of the dwelling. Pithouse village depressions are found along waterways and lakes throughout the British Columbia Southern Interior. Many of the old villages have been destroyed by development, as the highway and railroad followed the same waterways and trails. http://www.secwepemcmuseum.com/