|NOAA photo of nearly complete, medium-sized igloo|
|Inuit village of Oopungnewing, |
near Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island, 1865
|Igloo on Atlin Lake, BC|
Photo by Juergen Weiss
The Inuit word for igloo is iglu, which means "snowhouse." There are three sizes of igloos. The smallest was just used for one or two nights during a hunting trip. It was often built on open sea ice.
|The view from inside an igloo|
The biggest igloos were built in groups of two. One building was used for special occasions such as feasts or traditional dances. The other igloo was made to live in. It might have as many as five rooms, and 20 people would live in it. The "rooms" of a large igloo were smaller igloos that were connected to the big one by tunnels.
If you want to build your own igloo, you can get some basic instructions here: http://people.howstuffworks.com/igloo3.htm
And see a short video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-x5QOSqP3E
|Igloo interior, Alaska, 1916,|
U.S. Library of Congress
|A building inspector checking out an igloo|
|The Igloo Hotel in Cantwell, AK|
This is the only kind of igloo I would even consider
sleeping in, but sadly, it seems to be closed!