Housing the homeless after disasters frequently demonstrates external and state architectural intervention in a vernacular tradition. Often, as in Gediz, Turkey, this results in culturally inappropriate house design and may incur settlement relocation. Indigenous capacities to recover and rebuild are frequently overlooked. The self-regeneration of Jubbo, a Rajput village in the Pakistan Punjab, demonstrates this ability to recover and rebuild. This article compares the results of a post-disaster study of Jubbo with a study made shortly before the village was destroyed in a flood. It concludes by indicating where external assistance rather than intervention could be most beneficial.