Snowshoe - ROM2005_5437_1

ROM2005_5437_1

Snowshoe

Maker: Possibly Etienne Rich, Innu
Medium:Wood, birch, babiche, caribou hide, wool
Geography: Northwest River, Labrador, Canada
Date: c. 1960
Dimensions:
2.5 x 76 x 55 cm
Object number: 960.161.8.B
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThis style of snowshoe, known as "Beaver-tail," is used only by the people of the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula. They are made of two pieces of wood, overlapped and joined at the sides with a distinctive and complicated bend in the tail section shaped to represent a beaver’s tail. Beaver-tail snowshoes are the most difficult type to construct. They are highly prized and are primarily used by men while hunting.
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