Vintage Ojibwa/ Chippewa Snowshoes

Antique Native American Snowshoes - Ojibwa/ Chippewa style
c. 1940's-60's – 20th century
Wood, Babiche, Metal (nails)
55 15/16”lx 12 3/16”w x 5 9/16" (upturned toe)
© Vintage Winter

A nice set of antique Ojibwa/ Chippewa snowshoes.  Notice the classic upturned tips and two piece design (one broken tip).  Unique mid section hide wrap protecting the outer babiche lacing on the frame.  Many Native First Nation people crafted snowshoes in this style including the Cree, Nascapi, Montagnais and others.

George Catlin, Snowshoe Dance at the First Snowfall, 1835-1837, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.451


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