We’ve been building a Wind-House (just a roof) in the middle of our housing complex to provide a gathering place protected from whatever the sky is offering–be it soaking rain or blazing sun. Along the way I’ve been participating in the process as much as possible, but today I spectated almost exclusively. Our Menyan friends were grassing the roof and my role was limited to occasionally handing stuff up from the ground. This is partly because the roof is rated for a weight capacity less than me and partly because I have no thatching experience. The job was almost completed today, but none of the guys knew how to finish off the ridge. Hoka said we would need his older brother for that job.





  1. Dear Joseph,

    Great pictorial post. I’ll look forward to your adding the sealing of the top ridge of the thatched roof. It is a fascinating process.


  2. darla todd


  3. Matt Gaymon

    So is this considered a Hands-On-Menya style Community Service project where everyone pitches in, or do these guys expect some form of compensation for their labor?

    • Joseph

      They expect to be paid.

  4. Mom O

    Looks like a great weaving project! Isn’t it interesting that thatched roofs were put on round mud-brick houses built by both the Creek and Cherokee Indians. We saw the same in Zimbabwe. Our host in Zim told us that they expect theirs to last 50 years! Yours does not look quite as thick, though. Perhaps you won’t need it quite that long? A mother/grandmother can hope!

What do you think?