National Geographic : 1956 Dec
824 Indian Builder Shingles a Chickee with Fronds of Cabbage Palmetto A Seminole village draws to gether the members of one family: mother and father, unmarried chil dren, and married daughters with their husbands and offspring. Sleep ing quarters surround an outdoor living area and its hub, the cook house (pages 826-827). Although the Seminole loves his water-fretted land, he cherishes no particular village site as a lifetime home. Families move often. If chickees fall into disrepair, occu pants abandon them and build elsewhere. A homeowner usually raises his own framework of cypress posts but leaves the thatching to men more skilled in the work. This roofer on Brighton Reser vation nails palmetto fronds to crossbars. He cuts his thatch fresh every day, since the material must be green and flexible. (The fronds are broken with a hatchet (blurred by motion) to make thatching material that will lie flat to shed rain.