UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available through GoodMinds.com Houses of Bark: Tipi, Wigwam and Longhouse is a children's information resource in the Native Dwellings series by Bonnie Shemie. The series looks at the range of innovative architectural designs of several Native North American Indian cultures. This book looks at the three main dwelling styles that use wood as a building material. The text begins with a brief explanation of the culture areas, its environmental features, and the way the Native People of the Subarctic and Woodland areas lived close to nature. The first dwelling style covered is the tipi made from bark. This utilitarian dwelling structure was made by the people who depended on hunting. The bark tipi construction is described as well as variations and materials. A two-page colour spread shows the interior of a bark tipi used by Algonquin people in a winter camp. The next dwelling is the bark wigwam whose dome-shape made efficient use of heat and building materials. Illustrations show the construction stages for building a wigwam. The final dwelling is the Iroquoian longhouse. The author explains the details for constructing a longhouse and how multiple related families shared the space. Two-page full colour spreads show the interior of the longhouse and the stages of construction. The final section of the book explains other vital uses for bark materials (sweat lodges, canoes, containers, and rope) used by the Woodland and Subarctic peoples. The end pages of the book show a simple map of the Woodland and Subarctic regions of North America. A reference list is provided. Throughout the book, the author pays tribute to the ingenuity of the people who built the tipi, wigwam and longhouse dwellings.