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Time Piece

A look at everyday objects from the past

WINTER? IT’S NOT SNOW BAD

Native Americans turned to tennis (kind of) to get around when the snows fell

Trekking through the snow can be a tricky business, so the native tribes of North America developed their own way to walk unimpeded. !ese snowshoes, fashioned from wood and animal skin, work by spreading the wearer’s weight – so they didn’t sink into the snow. When European explorers began to colonise North America, this invention was brought across the Atlantic. !e French call them racquettes à neige due to their similarity to tennis racquets. Modern snow shoes are still made in the same shapes that the Native American’s developed centuries ago.

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