Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of snowshoes
  • Native Arctic peoples
  • pair of snowshoes, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or Canada
  • wood, rawhide, leather, metal, carving, weaving?
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: each) 100.5 x 37 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: each) 39 9/16 x 14 9/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7440.a,b

The teardrop shaped snowshoes have a wooden frame. There are two wooden crosspieces spanning the rounded section. Narrow strips of rawhide are woven in a taut openweave pattern in the three areas of the shoe created by the crosspieces. Leather strips are woven through the rawhide strips near the front crosspiece and the ends of the straps are left loose to tie onto the wearer's shoe. They are brown.