For centuries, caribou skin lodges (ekwo
in Dogrib) were the most common form of shelter for the Dogrib. Making a lodge
was a long and difficult task, involving several steps and requiring many caribou
hides. Once made however, they offered protection against the elements, and
could be easily packed up and transported.
Sometime during the early 1920s canvas began to replace caribou hides in the
making of lodges. During a period of transition, hybrid lodges - part hide lodge
and part canvas tent - were occasionally used.