Antique Bastien Brothers "OJIBWE"" Snowshoes
Circa 1960's. Excellent condition. The Ojibwe traditional wood snowshoes unique shape provides a great flotation in opened forest and field where there is a lot of snow. Its narrow and lifted nose, combined with its long narrow tail, are providing great gliding properties in downhill on hard snow. Quiet and stable, it is a good all-around snowshoe for long distance adventure. The name Ojibwe comes from one of the largest of the Native peoples of Canada that settled along the Great Lakes in Ontario, in western Canada and north-central United States. This highly aesthetic snowshoe is one of the oldest of traditional wooden snowshoes. Curiously, it resembles those used by the ancient peoples of Siberia, Greenland and Scandinavia many centuries ago.
Bastien Brothers were located in Village des Huron (formerly also Loretteville, now called Wendake). They were one of many First Nations builders in that region. For at least part of their history they were marketed under the name Big Chief Canoes. The firm still exists (as of 2012), but only manufactures moccasins and snowshoes today.
- Wendake, Quebec, Canada
- Very good condition!
- Wood, Leather, Babiche
- Material Options
- L 118 cm X W 28.0 cm