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Category: Recreation & Leisure, Sports, Snowshoeing

Historical Items

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Item 14985

Earle Shaw, Orono, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Orono Media: Photographic print

Item 80713

Penobscot snowshoes, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Abbe Museum Date: circa 1850 Location: Indian Island Media: ash, hide, sinew

Item 111

Regina Carrier, Mary Ann Vachon, Biddeford, 1927

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1927 Location: Biddeford Media: Glass Negative

Exhibits

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Exhibit

Les Raquetteurs

In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.