SOLD - Antique "CREE" Child Snowshoes (Nr. 2)
These extremely rare children Cree snowshoes were found in the first nations reserve of "Atikamekw of Manawan" in Quebec & are in very good condition considering their age. Rather than using leather bindings, the Cree snowshoes consisted of using cloth rope straps which amazingly, are still intact on this pair. Those red bits are the remains of pompoms, dyed tufts of possibly caribou fur, the red color indicating the Cree Nation. The purpose of the pompoms is that animal fur would mask human scent, and ideally one would craft the pompoms using fur of the game animal one was primarily hunting.
Manawan, officially named communauté Atikamekw de Manawan, is a First Nations reserve on the south-western shores of Lake Métabeskéga in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada. It belongs to the Atikamekw of Manawan band of the Atikamekw Nation. Cree, Innu, and Attikamek (all closely related people)
- Circa mid 1800's
- Good condition / Rawhide is slighly frayed in one area
- L 72 cm X W 23 cm
- Wood, Babiche, Fur