Houses in early Virginia Indian society became necessary after the Ice Age, when the Indians began depending less on
the hunt for survival.
Among the Powhatan Indians, especially, but elsewhere in the region, too, a house, or
a yi-hakan in Algonquian, typically had a circular or oval floor plan and was rarely if
ever longer than forty feet. (The Powhatans designed special houses for their weroances, or chiefs, and their kwiocosuk, or shamans.)
Built by women, Indian hous. . .
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