Environment Friendly Designs
Since indigenous peoples started building, they have used materials from surrounding areas; for roofing and walling as well as flooring.
Building designs have changed but what has remained largely constant is sourcing materials from the surrounding environment.
Reaping materials never deplete forests to the extent where they cannot recover because care is taken when reaping, and according to natural cycles. A tuki-style building is symbolic of the indigenous tradition within a community.
Reaping leaves for thatch, is only done when the leaves are matured and hardy. Thatch is traditionally reaped according to the phase of the moon. Lowland buildings would be thatched with the troolie palm (Manicaria saccifera).
Thatching from other types of palms are also used. Kokorite (Attalea maripa), ita and dalibana are also used as thatch.
There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom travelled, which leads to an unknown, secret place.
The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power.
Their teepees were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.
That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him.
~ Chief Luther Standing Bear ~