Picture of a traditional indigenous Amazon longhouse that is most commonly
referred to as a "maloka" in the Amazonian rainforest. The traditional
Amazon longhouse varies from tribe to tribe. For example the traditional
Huaorani longhouse is very different from the Amazon longhouses of neighboring
tribes. Huaorani longhouses have no real walls, instead the roof extends
to the ground, sort of like a curved A-frame house. The front and rear of
the longhouse are covered with large palm leaves and are used for entrance ways.
There are no real doors, instead leaves are used to cover the doorway opening.
The first thing the Huaorani Indians do when they build a longhouse is to
construct the frame with tree trunks. Then, they cover the frame with wide
leaves working from the bottom to the top, much the same as one would use
roofing tiles in order to prevent the water from entering the longhouse during
rains. As a finishing touch, the entire roof is reinforced with an
additional cover of palm leaves, thereby giving the Huaorani longhouse a