Talk to focus on yurt life

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NORWAY – An Idaho author will stop in Norway tonight for a presentation on yurts, portable structures that have been in use for thousands of years.

Becky Kemery will present a sideshow on the topic at 7 p.m. at Moose Pond Arts and Ecology at 450 Main St.

Kemery says the talk will address the history and background of yurts, as well as practical information about the personal and business uses of the structures.

According to Kemery, the biodegradable materials used in yurts make it difficult to determine when they were first introduced, but the structures may have been in use for 3,000 to 5,000 years. Originally used by nomadic shepherds in central Asia, the structures were easy to assemble and transport.

“It’s an amazing design that works really well for them,” she says.

Modern yurts are affordable and can meet building codes and include amenities of modern life, according to Kemery’s Web site.

“These versions cost less than most people spend on a new car,” she says.

Kemery is the founder of the North Idaho Public Forum on Sustainability. She says yurts exemplify a sustainable lifestyle because they use few resources and leave a minimal footprint on the ecosystem.

“You can remove the yurt and the deck and not know that there was ever a building there,” she says.

The Norway talk is one stop on Kemery’s tour of the East Coast for her book, “Yurts: Living in the Round.” Three yurt manufacturers are sponsoring the tour.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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