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Years ago members of the Cayuga Nation lived in houses called a "Longhouse".  A Cayuga Nation village consisted of many longhouses to house its members.  The frame of the longhouses were made of upright logs and cross poles.  Then they were covered with the bark of an elm tree.  There were several holes in the roof to accomodate for several families to live inside and each would have a space for a cooking or heating fire.  The holes in the roof would allow for the smoke to escape.

Today is different.  Everyone lives in a separate house or apartment with their own family.  They do not all live in one village.  Some sons, daughters and other family relations live in different towns, villages, cities and states.  

Examples of Longhouses