Snowshoe Heritage - A Winter Wonder - Part 2

Green Events and Programs is located on the traditional territory of the Rama Anishinaabe or Ojibwe First Nations People.

We are "Borrowing the Land" for outdoor activities, workshops and events. Our last blog was about snowshoeing on this land, so we would like to acknowledge and highlight the Anishinaabe snowshoe heritage.

The Anishinaabe designed and created snowshoes out of their need to survive, hunt and travel through deep snow. It was a way of life during the winter months. Wooden snowshoe molds were made into different styles and models. White ash wood was generally used for the frames and moose rawhides for the lacing. The different styles like the Bearpaw, Huron, Ojibwa and Alaskan helped with varying and diverse terrains. It is noteworthy that the Anishinaabe created their own design of snowshoe depending on the type of snow, whether their use was for hunting or moving around a village or if they were walking through thick woods, open trails or rolling terrain. Ingenious! The Anishinaabe were a resourceful and innovative people.

Today we are able to enjoy an outdoor, recreational activity that at one time meant survival for a nation.

Bob Bowles an award winning writer, artist, photographer and naturalist kindly submitted this photo of the different designs of traditional snowshoes. Bob is also founder and coordinator of the Ontario Master Naturalist Certificate Program at Lakehead University.

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