How to make an indian longhouse for a school project

My son and I are looking for ideas on how to make an indian longhouse for a school project.

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Hi, I don't know much about this subject but have Googled this page from the Native American Museum of Art where they have a pdf document on "how to build a longhouse". Good luck.

Hello. My little sister is making a longhouse in a school project and I major in Social Studies. I recommend using all real wood and no cardboard. The cardboard makes it look fake. Make a wood roof and cover it with dried grass. This makes it look more native. Finally, do  not make it a solid house. Make it to where they can see inside the house. Preferably with little men inside of it. Good luck! Smile

§         12" x 12" brown construction paper

§         1 1/2" green construction paper strips

§         twigs and grasses

§         shoe box (for a base)

§         scissors, stapler, glue, tape

§         brown tempra paint


1.     Paint the shoebox brown.

2.     Cut your piece of brown construction paper so that it matches the length of the shoebox.

3.     Cut slits lengthwise in the brown paper 1 1/2" apart, leaving a 1" section uncut at each end.

4.     Weave the green paper strips in and out through the slits in the brown paper.  Secure each strip at the end with tape or paste.

5.     Weave small twigs and grasses into the woven paper along with the green strips.  Slip the sides of the woven paper inside the box.   Glue in place.

6.     Glue twigs to the outside of the shoebox.

7.     Students may choose to add further detail to their longhouse.  Be creative!

8.     Create an Indian Village and display.

 Laughing good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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