Wappo Indians of Napa County


The Wappos built their summer structures using a framework of branches tied together in a dome shape with a thatch covering made from leaves and smaller branches. The doors were covered at night with bundles of grass tied together. Women gathered the materials and the men did the building. When the structures became dirty they were burnt down.

Their winter structures were made from branches and mud , and were more permanent.

What plants did the Wappos use to make their home? Look on the plant page and make a guess.

Try this: Look at the buildings in your neighborhood. Do they all have the same shape? Are they made from different building materials? What is the perfect shape for a house?

Internet connection: Research homes made by other Indian tribes. What materials were used? What are the shapes of the homes?

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