Miniature Snowshoes

Details:

1. Ojibwe-style Miniature Snowshoe, 2002
Made by Larry Robichaud, Maliseet, 2002
2. Miniature Snowshoe from Quebec, 2002
Hudson Museum Loan
3. Miniature snowshoe from Quebec, 2002
Hudson Museum Loan
4. Maine-style Miniature Snowshoe, Early
20th Century

Loaned by the Maine State Museum
5. Miniature Snowshoe from Quebec, 1960s
Hudson Museum Loan
6. Micmac Miniature Snowshoe, 1960s
Hudson Museum Loan
7. Miniature Snowshoe from Quebec, 2002
Hudson Museum Loan
8. Maliseet Miniature Snowshoe, c. 1880
Loaned by the Maine State Museum

Miniature snowshoes were made as novelty goods – forms that had no utility in their own culture, but served as souvenirs of visits to Native communities or to summer resorts in the Northeast. Frames were made from wood, but babiche work was typically done with cotton string or embroidery floss, rather than in rawhide. Wool tufts commonly decorate the points where the selvage cord passes through the frame.