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"Mamateek" was the Beothuk name for their traditional style of birchbark house.
Here is a picture of a mamateek.
The Beothuk mamateek was very similar to the wigwams of other eastern Canadian tribes.
A mamateek was constructed out of wooden poles shingled with sheets of bark. Summer mamateeks
were built in a conical shape like a wigwam or a tepee, but winter mamateeks were larger and had
square or hexagonal walls with a cone-shaped roof. Winter mamateeks were also built partially
underground and packed with moss to insulate them against the cold Newfoundland weather.
Here are links to our webpages about the Beothuk tribe and language:
First Nations of Canada
Here are links to more Internet resources about mamateeks:
Beothuk Housing (Mamateeks)
And here are a few good books about the Beothuks and their homes:
History and Ethnography of the Beothuks
The Last of the Beothuk: A Canadian Tragedy
The Beothucks or Red Indians
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