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Object description

  • Northeastern New England, probably Algonquin artist
  • Snowshoe, before 1821
  • Wood, leather, metal
  • Northeastern New England, United States
  • L: 41 7/8 in, W: 17 3/4 in, D: 1 1/2 in (L: 106.4 cm, W: 45.1 cm, D: 3.8 cm)
  • Unknown donor, 1821
  • E3764
  • Exemplify Native American inventiveness
  • Celebrate time-honored, durable footwear

Most Native American people living in the North developed snowshoes. This ingenious technology prevented sinking into the snow, by distributing weight evenly and shedding snow with every footstep. These snowshoes, with their graceful leaf shape, are made of intricate leather webbing and steamed, bent wood.