Snowshoe Parts

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for this snowshoe diagram and terminology!
amahk ᐊᒪᕽ weaving needle for snowshoe
asâmak ᐊᓵᒪᐠ snowshoes;
asâmahtik ᐊᓵᒪᐦᑎᐠ snowshoe frame
atipisa ᐊᑎᐱᓴ finer lacing of snowshoes;
atimana ᐊᑎᒪᓇ snowshoe straps;
askimiwina ᐊᐢᑭᒥᐏᓇ foot netting of snowshoes;
askimanaᐊᐢᑭᒪᓇ main thongs that connect netting with snowshoe.
koskosk ᑯᐢᑯᐢᐠ a snowshoe bar
nôtimîw ᓅᑎᒦᐤ s/he walks without snowshoes
osîto ᐅᓰᑐ heel of snowshoe
pisimaniyâpiya ᐱᓯᒪᓂᔮᐱᔭ fine caribou hide lacings for snowshoes

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  1. This makes me smile. When I was a child, living in Churchill, Manitoba, my Mom signed me up for Brownies, sort of against my will. But my Dad sat me down with the Brownie Handbook and we looked through it together to see what Brownie badges I could work on. I grew a little dispirited as we turned the pages. Horsemanship? Tennis? And then finally, snowshoeing! And that was the Brownie badge I got. Just that one. I had to learn those snowshoe parts in English. If only my Dad had known how to teach me those words in Cree. Thank you, Solomon and Arden, for brightening a long winter day.

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