This vintage pair of snowshoes dates to around the 1930s. Each shoe has a wooden frame and a complicated weave of rawhide to allow an individual to effectively strap into the snowshoe and maneuver across winter terrain. Shaped into the Huron style, these shoes would have been optimal for both deep and ice-encrusted snow. The wide design of snowshoes evenly distributes an individual’s weight across a larger surface area, allowing the user to walk effectively across deep snow.
The practice of snowshoeing originated in Asia around 6,000 years ago. It is assumed that the practice migrated across the Bering Land Bridge that once connected North America and Asia, then was eventually widely implemented and improved upon by various Native American groups navigating the harsh terrains. Less imperative in the modern era, snowshoes are still used today as a recreational tool for hiking.
Overall very good condition. The pair of snowshoes are made of wood and rawhide with metal nails. Some darkening and wear along edges from age and use, but otherwise the shoes have no notable damage.
Dimensions: 39 1/2" H x 14 1/2" W x 2" D (each).
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