"the rude jacales of mud and stick"
Jacal in Alamos, Sonora
Creative Commons AttributionJacal in Alamos, Sonora - Credit: eflon

A jacal is a thatch-roofed hut made of upright poles or sticks which are tied together and filled out with mud, clay and grasses.

The structure was employed by some Native peoples of the Americas prior to European colonisation and was later adopted by some Hispanic and European settlers in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.