Atikamekw woman with a snowshoe, 1979. An old Native American saying goes: “The white man always attempted to avoid the snow or skirt it, whereas the Indian always looked for the best way to walk on it and live in harmony with nature.”

Atikamekw woman with a snowshoe, 1979. An old Native American saying goes: “The white man always attempted to avoid the snow or skirt it, whereas the Indian always looked for the best way to walk on it and live in harmony with nature.”

Montagnay - Classic Lacing | Faber Snowshoes

Montagnay - Classic Lacing | Faber Snowshoes

Newly made beavertail snowshoes hung to freeze -dry . The snowshoes are washed with soapy water and then freeze dried to whiten them for aesthetic reasons, Assinica Lake , 1980 ; photo Henri Vaillancourt

Newly made beavertail snowshoes hung to freeze -dry . The snowshoes are washed with soapy water and then freeze dried to whiten them for aesthetic reasons, Assinica Lake , 1980 ; photo Henri Vaillancourt

Native American snowshoe, ca. 1900. This size snowshoe was appropriate for a person weighing less than 120 pounds. Snowshoes helped the wearer walk on soft snow. Item # 23488 on Maine Memory Network

Native American snowshoe, ca. 1900. This size snowshoe was appropriate for a person weighing less than 120 pounds. Snowshoes helped the wearer walk on soft snow. Item # 23488 on Maine Memory Network

Snowshoes,  Eastern Subartic.  Atikamekw.  1900-1930.  Wood, babiche, fibre, metal.  20.7 x 65.5 cm.  Gift of Mrs. Marguerite Rounds.  ME977.154.9.1-2 © McCord Museum.

Snowshoes, Eastern Subartic. Atikamekw. 1900-1930. Wood, babiche, fibre, metal. 20.7 x 65.5 cm. Gift of Mrs. Marguerite Rounds. ME977.154.9.1-2 © McCord Museum.

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