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Houses Of Snow Skin And Bones Native Dwellings The Far North Used Book

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A look at the fascinating shelters that Native communities in the Far North built, using only materials their environment provided: snow, stone, sod, skin, bones, and any driftwood picked up along the shores. Black-and-white and color drawings show the tools used, and how the snow house, the quarmang, the Alaskan sod-house, and the tent or tupiq were built. And of course, there’s information on the classic snow igloo which could be constructed in a few hours for emergency shelter.

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From School Library Journal Grade 2-5-- Shemie focuses on the critical need for shelter in the harsh Far North as the primary shaper of Inuit (Eskimo) life. The architecture, engineering, and construction methods for igloos, sod houses, and tents are explained, but Shemie also discusses patterns of living within the structures. Twenty-four pencil drawings illustrate tools and techniques used, while five full-color, double-page paintings spotlight housing in daily life. The complex material is presented simply enough for young children to understand, and primary-grade teachers will find the book useful as a study unit resource. The text is also appropriate for older children, and they will benefit from the illustrative material. There is no pronunciation guide (in this or in most other books on the Inuit). Although most Inuit now live in modern houses, this book will be an excellent supplement to other books about people living in the Far North: Eskimos (Gloucester, 1978; o.p.) by Jill Hughes or The Eskimo (Childrens, 1985) by Alice Osinski. An attractive book on an intriguing subject. --Jeanette Larson, Mesquite Pub . Lib . , TX Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review The Native Dwellings Series: “Shemie has succeeded once again in creating an authoritative and intriguing non-fiction book that explores the lives of people through the homes they have built…The result is a rich and aesthetic reading experience for young readers.” –Resource Links From the Inside Flap A look at the fascinating shelters that Native communities in the Far North built, using only materials their environment provided: snow, stone, sod, skin, bones, and any driftwood picked up along the shores. Black-and-white and color drawings show the tools used, and how the snow house, the quarmang, the Alaskan sod-house, and the tent or tupiq were built. And of course, there’s information on the classic snow igloo which could be constructed in a few hours for emergency shelter. From the Back Cover The Native Dwellings Series: “Shemie has succeeded once again in creating an authoritative and intriguing non-fiction book that explores the lives of people through the homes they have built…The result is a rich and aesthetic reading experience for young readers.” –Resource Links

About the Author

Bonnie Shemie was born in Ohio and attended college in Pennsylvania. She came to visit her brother in Montreal in 1972 and decided to stay on to paint, marry, and raise a family. In addition to her books on Native architecture for children, she has designed stained glass windows and architectural ornamentation. Her paintings sell in fine galleries in the Montreal area.

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