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Have you seen a "Dome Tent" used for camping?

They are put together by bending two long plastic poles in the shape of an X as the frame. Then, the nylon material is stretched over. Dome tents have a large hole at the top. A "fly" or piece of nylon covers the hole.

Do you see the fly in this picture?

What are the advantages of a shelter that is shaped like this? Why is there a hole at the top? Why is there a fly to cover the hole?

Think about these questions as you read about the Chumash shelters and how they are built.

about Chumash shelter.