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The principal but inherent drawback of small pole architecture is a lack of eaves to protect the exterior daub from weather. As related later, the absence of protection creates signiﬁcant maintenance problems. Perhaps for the same reason, the semi-subterranean ﬂoor often became very wet during rainy periods. Indeed, there was no apparent advantage recognized for the ﬂoor basin, although we were not in a good position to evaluate its in- Perspective on Small Pole Structures 43 sulation and other qualities since the performance of the house was not observed by actual occupants.
Other possible inﬂuences could be from the French at Mobile and New Orleans after 1700. The later renderings of the temple at Natchez are similar to the French Creole tradition of poteau en terre, posts set in earth. Finally, there was the Anglo-American inﬂuence beginning on the east coast a century earlier, which spread slowly into the interior. It is reasonable to assume that European inﬂuence played a role in the development of Native architecture in certain regions, particularly with the introduction of steel axes.
Illustration of two building stages of a Kickapoo summer house (top and middle) and cutaway drawing of a Kickapoo winter structure (bottom). gabled roof, even if these supports were not strategically located within the structure. This type of oddly positioned internal roof supports typically occur off the center line of the building or spaced at irregular intervals. Some of these might be foundations for embedded mortars, partitions, or other facilities. Other examples of posts misidentiﬁed as internal roof supports include one central internal support.