On Canadian Ground - Stories of Footwear in Early Canada See more of the Virtual Museum of Canada
ExhibitionMemorable Shoes

KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
SNOWSHOES
THE FOOTED TROUSER
MOCCASINS
MAKING MOCCASINS
DECORATING MOCCASINS
EUROPEAN MATERIALS AND DESIGN FOR MOCCASINS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
Cliff swallow Swallowtail snowshoe
Cliff swallow Swallowtail snowshoe
Grizzly bear Bear paw snowshoe
Grizzly bear Bear paw snowshoe
American beaver Beaver tail snowshoe
American beaver Beaver tail snowshoe
Snowshoes

Different snowshoe shapes reflect regional diversity as well as their function for maneuvering across various types of snowy landscapes. Since these shapes remind people of animals, they are described as swallowtail, bear paw, and beaver tail snowshoes.

Swallow, Bear, or Beaver?

The frames of these snowshoes take the distinctive swallowtail, bear paw, and beaver tail shapes.

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