This is what a traditional Navajo Hogan dwelling looks like.
I’m no expert on this, but it seems to be made of wood and what seems to be clay and dirt.
Navajo Hogan Dwelling
Inside of one of these… It’s like a Jamaican sweat lodge isn’t it? Or am I the only one who’s been in one of those?
The exterior shot was taken by George Burba. Photo description…
Hogan, the traditional Navajo red clay earth house, with backdrop of famous table mountains of the Navajo National monument on the background
~ George Burba
The interior picture was captured by Jeff Hathaway. Photo description…
Inside a Navajo Hogan. The hogan is a sacred home for the DinÃ© (Navajo) people who practice traditional religion. Every family — even if they live most of the time in a newer home — must have the traditional hogan for ceremonies, and to keep themselves in balance.
~ Jeff Hathaway
Thank you to David for bringing the Navajo Hogan dwellings to my attention.
These homes are sacred to those who practice the Navajo religion. They are built with small logs usually in a round shape. Then they fill the gaps between the framework logs with earth creating the thick walls.
You can see the wooden framework in the interior picture.
Here are some interesting resources if you want to learn more about these:
American Forests: Community Stories
Navajo Hogans in Arizona
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Hexagonal or octagonal, never square. Or it wouldn’t be a hogan.
GREAT photos- I might post some and link you on my blog soon….always wanted to build something in this vein….still time….
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May I please use your Hogan Pictures, I need them for a 6th grade project on Navajo Indians, Please and Thank you.
Carly Welsh Otis-Bison Junior High