Antique handmade Indian Snowshoes
Originally these snowshoe "planks" were made by the indians from Little Whale River in Quebec, Canada. The first ones made were from 1894 and were called "Papatshitakusham" snowshoes made from two flat spruce planks. They were mostly used in Spring for travelling over soft, slushy snow. The other regular netted snowshoes became clogged with slush, rendering the weight very fatiguing.
These models were very well adapted for that season of the year and were quickly made in a few hours compared to netted ones which took several days. Apparently the Hudson Bay Eskimoes also found them very useful for travelling in Spring. The pair shown here are most likely from the early 1920"s.
- Originally circa 1894
- Very old!
- L 91cm - W 30cm
- wood, cotton rope