DOUKHOBOR DUGOUT HOUSE




DOUKHOBOR DUGOUT HOUSE

Fleeing religious and political persecution in Russia, many Doukhobors immigrated to Canada in the late nineteenth century. In 1899, a group settling in the Blaine Lake area adapted to the harsh winter and limited availability of building materials by using the natural landscape to their advantage. This temporary dwelling, located in a sheltered ravine, was used until 1904 while permanent log houses were being built nearby. An excavation into the ravine provided three walls for the house, while wood framing finished the front. The roof was sod and the floor prairie clay. Although this dugout house shows how Doukhobors responded to harsh prairie conditions, it also symbolizes the determination and adaptability of many early settlers in Saskatchewan. Words:GovSK, Image:Ottawa Citizen