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  • A hogan is the primary, traditional dwelling of the Navajo people

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  • Other traditional structures include the summer shelter, the underground home, and the sweat house
  • A hogan can be round, cone-shaped, multi-sided, or square; with or without internal posts; timber or stone walls and packed with earth in varying amounts or a bark roof for a summer house, with the door facing east to welcome the rising sun for good wealth and fortune
  • Today, while some older hogans are now still used as dwellings and others are maintained for ceremonial purposes, new hogans are rarely intended as family dwellings
  • Traditional structured hogans are also considered pioneers of energy efficient homes
  • Using packed mud against the entire wood structure, the home was kept cool by natural air ventilation and water sprinkled on the dirt ground inside
  • During the winter, the fireplace kept the inside warm for a long period of time and well into the night
  • This concept is called thermal mass

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