Aboriginal Groups In Canada

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For many Aboriginal groups in Canada, the land had a great influence on their lifestyle, especially on their homes and communities. The Haida in the Northwest Coast, the Inuits in the Arctic, the Beothuk in the Sub-Arctic, the Chilcotin in the Interior Plateau, and the Plains Cree in the Plains were all different Aboriginal groups that resided in Canada. However, they all had one major thing in common, which was the fact that they relied on the land to meet their basic needs. For instance, the Haida lived in long houses made from cedar planks which were overlapped so rain wouldn’t enter. The reason as to why they were made from cedar was because there were many cedar trees in that area. Unlike us, they didn’t have any windows therefore the warm air from the fire pit in the middle of their…show more content…
In winters, they would live in pit houses which were built below ground with a ladder on the top acting as the entrance. The walls were built with logs and insulated with grass and dirt. In the summer they would either use tipis or tule-mat lodges, both of which were made from wood and tule. If you think about it, the Chilcotins had it easier than the Inuit who lived in the Arctic. It was an extremely hard place to live, but the Inuits adapted to the climate and land. Their homes were different depending on the season, just like the Chilcoti. In the summer, they would live in tents, held up by giant whale bones covered with animal skins. While in winter, they would make igloos, from blocks of ice stacked above each other forming a dome shape. The doorways were covered with animal skins so the heat wouldn’t escape and cold air wouldn’t enter. Although some people, but few chose to live in permanent houses made from stone all year round. As you can see, they all had houses made from different materials depending on where they lived and the resources that were
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