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ExhibitionMemorable Shoes

KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
CANOE
THE TRADING POST
CHANGING STYLES THROUGH CONTACT
MÉTIS CLOTHING
THE ENDURING MOCCASIN WITH VARIATIONS
SETTLERS USER MOCCASINS AND SNOWSHOES
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
The Moccasin Seller, Krieghoff, 1846-1864
The Moccasin Seller, Krieghoff, 1846-1864

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Settlers Used Moccasins and Snowshoes

The first European settlers bought native shoes until they could import European-made shoes. Some settlers continued to wear moccasins informally for comfort, and for practical purposes in the wilderness. Even well into the 19th century, they would wear moccasins and use snowshoes where these types of footwear provided better protection against the elements.

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