What Did the Miami Tribe of Native American People Live In?

What Did the Miami Tribe of Native American People Live In?

What Did the Miami Tribe of Native American People Live In?

The Miami tribe, originally centered in Wisconsin, Ohio and Illinois, lived in wigwam-style oval homes made of woven reeds. One structure in each village, a council house, was of a more permanent wooden construction.

Called a wiikiaami in the Miami language, a wigwam was constructed of reed mats placed over a sapling frame. The saplings were set into holes placed about a foot apart in an oval, then bent to meet along a central line, and more saplings were woven along the sides to make a skeletal structure. Over this, woven reed mats were arranged in a shingle-like pattern so they did not leak in the rain. Temporary hunting wigwams were often very small, round and tent-like, but larger village wigwams were often large enough to accommodate 20 or more residents.