New home construction
These houses are ideal for the climatic conditions in the Xingu, being warm during the cold of the night yet cool during the heat of the day. Air circulates freely through the thatch and out through the gaps in the roof, taking any smoke with it. Having the fires burning in the open house allows the smoke to permeate the thatch, helping to reduce the damage done by insects and animals from the surrounding forest.
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