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  •  In Yucatan, Maya nah's (homes) are thatched roofs (8+ / 0-)

    with palms, rather than reeds.  I don't know if that counts.

    The palm thatched nah roofs are not nearly as thick as found in Europe.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 12:38:26 PM PST

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    •  Indeed, they ARE classed... (5+ / 0-) thatched roofs!

      If you use ANY vegetable fibre to form a water/weatherproof covering over a dwelling, it is a form of thatching!

      Palm fronds, heather, rice straw, water reed, the list is almost endless

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 12:46:57 PM PST

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    •  Those homes are what I mentioned above, (3+ / 0-)
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      foresterbob, Aunt Pat, YucatanMan

      assuming they qualified as "thatch," and I'm grateful for the fine link w/ trip down memory lane. It's unlikely I'll go back, but it was a fine trip down memory lane. Those houses have always stuck in my mind, and now I see their aesthetic appeal to me is in their oval shape and thatched roofs.

      Using local materials and sustainable agriculture is so far from the way most of us live, I wonder if we could get back there. The "Three Sisters" -- corn, beans, squash -- also sustained the Native people out west. From online in the comfort of my soft chair, it looks like a fine way to live. A snip from your excellent link:

      The cornstalk provides an upright framework for the climbing bean vines. The bean plants gather nitrogen from the air and transfer it to the soil, which in turn nourishes the corn plant's roots. The squash plants spread their leaves on the ground under the corn stalks and bean plants, keeping the soil moist and free from weeds.

      I've often noticed you name and hope you are living there and enjoying it hugely!

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:32:35 PM PST

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