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There are about twenty cottages and hovels, all built in much the same style, the walls being made of poles and logs placed together vertically and made tight with clay mortar, the floors of beaten earth, the windows without glass, and roofs built so as to overhang the four sides and deeply shade them, and covered with thatch of fine brown grass laid in a peculiar manner, the ridge-line and apexes being ornamented with knots, tufts, crosses or weathercocks. 5 Father Claude-Marie Dubuis, a Catholic missionary came to Castroville in 1847, and wrote a letter home describing his first rectory.

For their continuing support of the Texas Folklore Society on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus, the Society thanks President William R. Johnson and Roy E. Cain, head of the department of English. And may the sun and moon shine ever brightly on the Society's secretary and assistant editor, Mrs. Martha Dickson, who does the hard work that turns ideas into realities. FRANCIS EDWARD ABERNETHY NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS APRIL 19,1979 Page ix Page x Table of Contents Preface v Table Of Contents x Texas Folk Building: An Introduction 1 "Built in Texas" By F.

The Bushmen of the Kalihari have a way of teepeeing a clump of tall grass by twisting it together at the top that will wall out some of the night's cold. A Mexican with a machete can quickly build a shelter out of a few sticks and banana leaves that will roof out the rain. And an Eskimo, almost as quickly, can cut and stack blocks of ice, sealed with snow, into an igloo that will keep out some of the bone-chilling cold. The early builders in Texas followed the same patterns of living and building.

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