Kas di Pal’i Maishi (Sorghum Stalk House), Kas di Yerba (House of Thatch) or Kas di Kunuku (Rural) House represents the indigenous dwelling that dotted our countryside in the old days. The rectangular plan of more or less 40 square meters and the symmetrical set-up with an entrance in the middle, originates from the West African region, the place of origin of the slave population brought to Curaçao.
These houses were slave dwellings made of readily available materials. The walls were tapered and constructed with wattle and daub filled with stone particles, rubble stone pile with clay plaster finishing on both sides. The floors were sealed with a mixture of clay and cow poop, the roof was covered with palu’i maishi (sorghum leaves), resting on rafters and purloins mad of tree branches, highly effective for shielding against the hot equatorial sun.
Den mi kasita
mi no tin nodi buska
pa haña mi mes.
In my little house
I have no need to look for
ways to find myself.
Haiku in Papiamentu by Elis Juliana.