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An Ancient Bond with the Land

Maritime Peoples

Winter Travel

People wore snowshoes to travel through the deep snows of winter, to hunt or to gather firewood. A special type of snowshoe, which the Maliseet made from wooden planks, made travel on thin ice easier. People walked, and carried young infants in cradleboards. They used sleds to haul heavier loads, such as a moose carcass, or to move their belongings. They had two types of sled: a light, hand-pulled toboggan, and dog-pulled sleds on runners. Dog-pulled sleds allowed for relatively rapid, long-distance travel along ice-covered rivers and lakes.

Because travel was limited in winter, there was comparatively little intertribal trade and communication with distant communities.

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