Photos and captions by John A. Harris
Breaking ground | Preparing materials | Walls begin | Walls built | Roofing begins | Roof takes shape | Towards completion
The man who builds the house does the initial leveling. He breaks large clumps of clay and earth into smaller pieces. When the house structure is complete and has its roof, women come in, sprinkle water on the surface and make a mud floor. This is then evened and smoothed to make the floor on which the family will sleep and live.
The horizontals are made from a species of tree similar to that used for the thicker uprights. They are tied to the poles by bark rope. The horizontal beams brace the entire building; much as the cross strips might do in a basket. Later all the poles and wood bracing will be buried inside a mud straw mixture.
The relationship between the many uprights and the horizontal beams tied to them clearly shows the straightforward traditional technology.