Oca (structure)

Kamaiurá oca

Oca is the name given to the typical Brazilian indigenous housing. The term comes from the Tupi-Guarani language family.

They are large buildings, serving as collective housing for several families,[1] and may reach 40 m (130 ft) in length.[2] They are built through joint effort over one week, with a wooden structure and bamboo and straw cover or palm leaves. They can last up to 15 years. They have no internal divisions or windows, only a few doors.

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  1. ^ "Diferentes Moradias" (PDF). Educacional (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Conhecendo uma oca". Sua Pesquisa (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 October 2016.