Snow shovel - ROM2005_5291_1


Snow shovel

Maker: Netsilingmiut
Medium:Antler, depilated skin, sinew
Geography: King William Island, Nunavut, Canada
Date: early 20th century
66 × 10 × 8.5 cm
Object number: 936.35.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. L.A. Learmonth
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionSnow shovels were part of the equipment taken along on sledge journeys. They had many uses and were important in the constructing of snow houses. Using snow shovels, the Inuit would cover snow houses with loose snow when the houses were going to be occupied for an extended period. Within the house, sleeping platforms were often made of snow gathered using the shovel, and then packed into place.
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