Photo by E.S. Curtis, 1906
Photo by E.S. Curtis, 1904
"A hogan is the traditional Navajo home. These eight-sided houses are made of wood and covered in mud, with the door always facing east to welcome the sun each morning.
For those who practice the Navajo religion the hogan is considered sacred. The doorway of the hogan was opened to the east so they could welcome the sun. The religious song "The Blessingway" describes the first hogan as being built by Coyote with help from beavers to be a house for First Man, First Woman, and Talking God.
The Beaver People gave Coyote logs and instructions on how to build the first hogan. Navajos made their hogans in the traditional fashion until the 1900s, when they started to make them in hexagonal and octagonal shapes.
Today they are rarely used as actual dwellings, but are maintained primarily for ceremonial purposes." ~author unknown
(Sassafras's note: And they didn't even need special government 'Indian financing' to build them! Ayeeeeee!!! Wonder how we managed without them for centuries???? NOT!)