Snowshoes

About this object

History of use

Worn as snowshoes or ice crampons.

Cultural context

worn in snow

Physical description

Pair of snowshoes, each made of two light brown wood sticks, stripped of bark and bent into a U-shape. The two U's are bound together facing each other, the ends overlapping and forming an ellipse. The binding is composed of four strips of light yellow wood, steam-bent and knotted, one around each end of each U, and two kinds of plant fibre cord, one used as lashing across centre of ellipse and the other loosely tied around the former. Between the overlapping ends of the U's are wood wedges.