Vintage Wooden Bearpaw Snowshoes

Antique Bearpaw Snowshoes
c. 1930s 20th century
Wood, Rawhide, Leather
25.5" x 11.5"
© Vintage Winter

We are continually inspired by the variety in snowshoes and snowshoe design.  

This pair of bear paw snowshoes are so unique. Instead of pom-poms - usually used for tribal marking and scent masking - the maker of these snowshoes cut small "bows" of rawhide, and used these on the outer edges of the frame.  Traditional tight weaving - suggests these are 1930s-1940s. Leather strap foot ties (early style bindings).   

Snowshoe Outing with Native American Indian snowshoes.
Snowshoe Outing with Native American Indian snowshoes.

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