OF SNOW SHOES
Indigenous Americans from the Arctic Circle to the Great Lakes used snowshoes to make their winter travel more comfortable. They made the shoes from wooden frames fastened with rawhide thongs. These snowshoes distributed the wearer’s weight over a larger area and prevented them from sinking into the snow.
The tradition of snowshoes, in fact, united nearly all Native American tribes who lived in snowy areas. People in the North American Northeast made snowshoes by creating a frame of light wood and shaping it into an oval with a point on one end.
and other subarctic tribes also made snowshoes by flexing the rounded front of
the frame upward and then fastening it into place with netting. New, high-tech
and light-weight snowshoes have now been developed that are designed for
running on groomed snowshoe trails. However, the Native Americans must be
credited for giving us the idea.
Clancy's comment: Intelligent people, eh?