The Pine Ridge Pallet House, built by some inspiring natural builders out on the Pine Ridge Ogalla Sioux reservation in South Dakota.
Pine Ridge is larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined, and it has been the site for some of the most shameful deeds in the history of our country. Custer made his infamous Last Stand there while in the process of violating a treaty in order to take the Black Hills from the Sioux. Fifteen years later, the tragic Wounded Knee Massacre effectively ended the era of the free Native American culture in the country. The subsequent 120 years have clearly illustrated the futility of government-imposed living; the reservation has suffered chronic alcoholism and unemployment ever since.
Which is one of the many reasons I love the following video. Some good folks have banded together to do a good thing for the right reason. The Pallet House is in itself a demonstration of various building techniques that have been used for centuries; the folks at Texas Natural Builders who directed the project utilized techniques that not only provide a great home for its occupants, but do so in a style that is perfect for the surrounding environment. While not possible in every situation, their philosophy is a good one to pursue...
Our philosophy is a very simple one, let go. We believe in letting go of all the excess things in life that normally bust your wallet, and can't we all agree that's what they are intended to do? We use as little power as possible, we are not tied to the electrical or water grids and will not ever be. We reuse as much as possible in every facet of life, from clothing to food scraps. We do use some electronics and believe that technology used in its most efficient way is not a bad thing. We are not some isolationist group that wants nothing to do with society but more of a family with the desire to live in peaceful surroundings, not so close to the pollution, noise and commotion of the big city. Everyone wants a spot where they can feel more relaxed and free and this is what we have!Thus, the Pine Ridge Pallet House. Watch the entire video, and enjoy.
This video compilation was done at the end of last summer, and it indicates that the house was to be finished this summer. I haven't been able to find out if it was done...if anyone out there knows, we would be glad to share the final photos and any supporting story.