The intersection of housing and culture is brought into clear focus in this series of videos highlighting new sustainable housing projects in four Native American communities. Among the projects depicted is the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Housing Authority, which designed the energy-efficient Teekalet Village to preserve the cultural importance of fishing and waterways. Adjacent to historic Puget Sound salmon fishing grounds, the project includes sustainable storm water practices that protect a salmon spawning creek, a tribal hatchery, and a historic waterfront.
Other highlighted projects include the Puyallup Nation’s Place of the Hidden Waters, the Penobscot LEED Homes, and the Crow Nation’s Awe’‐Itche Ashe, Good Earth Lodges, each telling the unique story of sustainable design and construction practices being adapted and applied to meet the housing needs of 21stcentury tribal life, while maintaining reverence and respect for native traditions.
The videos premiered and were well-received at the Sustainable Construction in Indian Country event held on May 2, 2013 at the National Museum of the American Indian. Enterprise Community Partners’ Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative produced the videos with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research.
To learn more about Sustainable Construction in Indian Country (SCinIC) and to read brief case study descriptions of other similar projects supported by HUD funding, visit the dedicated SCinIC section on HUDUSER.org.
Mike Blanford is a Research Engineer in the Affordable Housing Research & Technology Division, Office of Policy Development and Research.