CULTURAL CONTEXT : Transportation; Snowshoes are worn to prevent sinking into deep snow.

DESCRIPTION : This pair of snowshoes is very large with almost circular bodies. They have flat frames with three sections of hexagonal webbing. A pattern of three diamond shapes is woven into the webbing in the toe and tail sections. The webbing in the toe and tail sections are fastened to the frames using the selvage thong method. The webbing in the foot section is attached to the frames using the wrapping method. This snowshoe style is worn by both men and women. Gift of Mr. H.A. Moate.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA : Eastern Subarctic

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP : Algonquian

CULTURE : Montagnais; Innu

NATURAL REGION : St. Lawrence River

PROVINCE : Quebec

PERIOD : early 20th Century

MATERIAL : Wood; Babiche

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE : Carved; Woven

DECORATIVE TECHNIQUE : Enlarged mesh
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