What type of houses did Native Americans in California build?

Each climate in California called for a different type of house.

In the rainy northwest, families constructed large houses out of cedar planks to keep themselves dry. In the moderate north and central California, people spent the winter in pit houses, which they built by digging a round hole in the ground and roofing it with a cone-shaped frame of wooden poles.

In the hot south, Native Americans needed nothing more than simple shelters made of grass or branches to give them some shade from sun.

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