The Architecture of Native California Indians At Laguna College of Art and Design Friday November 20 2015

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Laguna Friends of Architecture presents The Architecture of Native California Indians at the Laguna College of Art and Design on Friday November 20 2015.

This is a Friends of Laguna Architecture Meet Up Event.

This is a talk and slideshow presentation at LCAD Studio 12 at 6:00pm.

Wine and cheese will be served in the courtyard under the sycamore trees before the talk.

When the Spanish first arrived in today’s California there were over sixty tribes throughout the West Coast.

Each had their own traditional cultures and different environmental and climatic factors to deal with.

This resulted in a wide assortment of buildings types and styles, based on the local resources of materials available.

The result is a fascinating array of different creatively built structures that will be shown and discussed by Laguna resident and cultural anthropologist, Stephen O’Neil.

The presentation will present a review of structures, including residences for nuclear families and lineage groups, sweat lodges, ceremonial structures, granaries and workshop shelters.

The range of materials will also be shown, including brush structures of willow and tule, bark slab lean-tos, cabins of timber, semi- and fully subterranean structures, and open enclosures.

O’Neil also has archaeological experience, mostly on Native American prehistoric sites, but also Spanish, Mexican and American period adobes.

He has published in the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly and many more journals.

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