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tagluk “pair of snowshoes”
Language: Malimiut Iñupiaq

Uqpiligaami atuġuugait, naniġiaqtuqamik. (They’re used where there are willows, when they’re trapping.)

—Jane Brower, 2002

Long snowshoes like this pair were best for soft snow, especially in brushy areas on the tundra where deep drifts accumulate. The frames were made from spruce or larch, bent into shape when the wood was green. Leather thongs supported the feet and fine sinew thread was interlaced to fill the heel and toe portions. Short shoes with tough leather lacings were used for walking on rough sea ice.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Putnam (Kobuk) River, Alaska
Object Category: Travel
Dimensions: Length 20cm
Accession Date: 1887
Source: Lt. George M. Stoney (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E127941