Penobscot snowshoes, ca. 1850

Contributed by Abbe Museum


Snowshoes were essential for Wabanaki people traveling around Maine in the winter, and quickly became popular with Europeans and Euro-Americans following their arrival in Maine. These snowshoes are very similar to a pair owned by Henry David Thoreau, made for him by a Penobscot craftsman for use in his travels in the Maine wilderness.

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  • Title: Penobscot snowshoes, ca. 1850
  • Creator: Penobscot
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Location: Indian Island, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Ash, hide, sinew
  • Dimensions: 107 cm x 37 cm
  • Local Code: 4001
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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