The Northwest Culture depended on the forests for their shelter.
Every home was made of wood, and the whole village pointed
toward the water, whether it was a river, a quiet bay, or the ocean.
Along the beach were the canoes, covered with bark matting or branches
to protect them from the weather. In the back of the house
were wooden racks that dried fish, wooden sheds for smoking fish,
and storage sheds. The homes themselves were quite large.
They were built for more than one family. The houses were built
with frames of large trees. These were then covered with wooden
planks that overlapped to keep out the wet weather.
There were no windows, but there was a hole in the roof that let in air.