Kas di pal’i
maishi or kas di yerba, so called by locals because of
the roofing material of maize stalks, refers to the
traditional Curaçao dwelling, formerly the slave hut. It
features a main structure with a rectangular floor plan
containing a small living space and a privacy room, a
kitchen at a short distance at its rear side, and a
connecting roof, a ramada, in between. The walls are
constructed of wattle and daub mixed with cow dung.
A count in 1903 revealed that there were 2850
traditional structures against 80 stone-built dwellings
in the western part of the island.
Nowadays, one century later, the kas di pal’i maishi has
become a rare piece on the island. The Curaçao Monuments
Foundation therefore has reconstructed a traditional hut
following traditional building methods at Dokterstuin
close to Landhuis Ascension and has turned it into a
small museum which displays the customs and the
traditional way of living in the old days in rural
Picture Courtesy of
Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao
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