Native American Indian Snowshoes - Athabaskan

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Antique Native American (First Nation) Indian Snowshoes
c. 1890-1910, 19th-20th century
Wood, Babiche
57"l x 11"w x 6"h
© Vintage Winter

A wonderful example of Athabaskan Snowshoes with only minor damage.  These snowshoes are in good condition for their age - a few breaks in the weaving, and a break in the frame on the tip of one (photos show).  Snowshoes of this era were usually fitted with a lamp wick material as a binding that was laced/wrapped around the users foot, ankle and lower leg, however - there are no binding cloths on these.  The arc at the nose-tip of the snowshoes is very impressive.  The rise of the frame - and the tightness of the weaving are beautiful.  


Native American woman weaving snowshoes.
Native American woman weaving snowshoes


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