The climate is very similar to siberia, there are boreal forests, steppes and tundra in the north. The winters are rough but there is a short growing season, fishing is possible.
I am mostly interested about medieval/renaissance technological level and below.
What are the adaptation imposed by the environment ?
Specifically about :
housing/shelter (example : the roof of buildings being steeper to let snow slide, what kind of other adaptations would rise ?)
food (examples : there is a small growing season but what kind of crop would be suitable ? the weather allow some farming but is it better than nomad herding ?)
Type of settlement (example : is it better to live in communal buildings or to have houses far apart from each other ? how densely populated are the settlements ?)
Some ideas I'm unsure about but may help to answer:
- Would half buried houses help against temperature variations ?
- Is offering shelter to travelers worthwhile ? Is being on a trade route enough to make it worthwhile ?
Optional question as it might make the question too broad
- General behavior of the people (example : wary of strangers or hospitable ?)