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What type of houses did Cherokee people live in a long time ago?

The Cherokee people never lived in tipis. The Plains Indians lived in these, as they were able to be moved when following herds and hunting.

The Cherokee people historically lived in houses made of mud and clay with roofs of brush and river cane. In the winter time, they lived in even smaller clay and mud houses which included the construction of the roof, as well, in order to keep warm.

 By the late 1700’s, many Cherokees were living in log cabins while some even lived in clapboard houses like their non-Indian counterparts. Today, Cherokees live in many types of dwellings based on economic abilities, including some who still live on ancestral land in small cabins or other small homes.