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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

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Exhibit

Jacques Cartier snowshoe club, ca. 1925

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.