Furniture and Other Household Objects as Integrative Elements of the Indigenous House in East Mexico
The Papaloapan River in East Mexico is a rich region historically, culturally and naturally. These characteristics are also reflected in the region’s vernacular architecture. This fascination with the built environment led me to carry out research on the indigenous houses there, based on the historical, physical and cultural evidence that still exists in most of these indigenous communities, which is manifest in the architecture, the simplicity of the forms of the houses, the construction of the spaces and even the furniture arrangements and other household items. The idea of observing furniture and household objects as integrative elements of the vernacular house is discussed by Amos Rapoport as “an approach to understand the link be-tween human behaviour and house form”, and brings up the question of “how much one can tell from an examination of artefacts, when no written records exist, and when there may not even be a detailed knowledge of the way of life, the only evidence being the object, building, or settlement itself”. With this idea in mind, I went to live with the Mazatec people settled along the Papaloapan River for a total of six months between 2012 and 2013, an experience which allowed me to understand how the design of their houses are grounded in many tradi-tions. Therefore, one part of the research primarily involved: understanding the relationship between the Mazatec people and their dwellings and the influence that furniture arrangements has over the design and construction of their houses.
Citation:Zapata, L. (2018) Furniture and Other Household Objects as Integrative Elements of the Indigenous House in East Mexico. In: Heritage 2018 Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Geritage and Sustainable development. Granada, Spain: Editorial Universidad de Granada and Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development, pp. 1001-1011
Research Group:Architecture Research Group