The Longhouse at GanondaganJust before the native dance and music Festival that was held at Ganondagan on the 25th and 26th of July, I took a trip back in time.  I visited the longhouse.  With my camera in hand, I took a series of panoramic shots at the front and inside of the longhouse.

The longhouse at Ganondagan is a replica of the Seneca dwellings that were used back in the 1600s.  The building was constructed from native materials.  Typically Elm trees were used in the construction, a framework was set up and covered with an exterior covering of bark.  Inside the walls were insulated with rugs and skins.  Smokeholes in the roof provided a way for the smoke to escape.  Fires in the center provided a way for the residents to keep the building warm as well as provide cook fires.

As you enter the longhouse from either end, you’ll notice that there is a short vestibule.  This area was used for general storage and a place to prepare herbs for drying.  The vestibules also provided a buffer from the winter’s cold and allow the central area, the living space, to be much warmer.

The central area of the longhouse has two racks of sleeping areas, one on each side, these are two-tiered.  The top bunk was typically used for storage and the lower for sleeping.  The longhouse typically house an entire clan.  Family units had their own cook fire.  Larger clans would have larger longhouses some up to 150 feet in length.

I hope you enjoy these panoramas, it is interactive.  Click with your mouse to pan around, use your mouse wheel or the letters Q and W on your keyboard to zoom in and out.  You’ll find hotspots shaped like teardrops in several places to move around inside.  I’d love to know how you enjoy the tour.  Feel free to leave comments below.