Picture of the interior of a traditional Amazon tribe maloka or longhouse in
the South American Amazon jungle. The maloka is a communal house in
which up to one hundred people traditionally live. Malokas can be divided
into various rooms with palm mat walls. Each room of the Amazon tribe
maloka has horizontal poles from which the residents can hang hammocks. A
man with one or two wives will commonly hang his hammock in the center of one of
the rooms of the maloka, with a wife on either side. The placement of
their children's hammocks range outward from the parents in order of age.
If a man has an older third wife, she might be in the next room of the
maloka with her grown sons. Generally, there are several benches located
near the entrance of an Amazon tribe maloka where the women work using the
daylight that enters the maloka through the entrance.