snowshoes are designed to help you maintain the weight of your body on top of the snow as opposed to sinking in and with every pair of snowshoes there's a story I'm Bill McAllister and the snow suit maker and the snow suit collector over the years I've collected over 200 pairs as far as they know that's the largest collection is mostly in the world through the Native Americans snowshoes were not the convenience they're critical an individual may have three or four five different pairs of shoes that he used for different conditions there was a shield for spring for deep fluffy snow for straight travel there is a wide range of design I first got started using snowshoes as a young fella I spent the good part of my life in the woods trapping fishing and hunting in the mid 80s I was flying in northern Quebec and came upon a free winter camp and found a pair of traditional native snowshoes being a snowshoe maker I had an appreciation for the the unbelievable craftsmanship and skill that went into making these traditional snowshoes from that point I kind of embarked on a quest to find some of these other villages that had snow shoemakers I visited every Native community in Quebec in the Yukon several in the Northwest Territories in Ontario Mille Aska it all up and down the North Shore of the st. Lawrence what I tried to do is to ask them about their techniques things like how do you know what kind of wood you want to use how do you know which tree is right then why is you have this kind of a weave in it in the process of all of this documenting and visiting and learned a considerable amount about crafting shoes myself it's given me a just a phenomenal appreciation for not only their skill of buttons their lifestyle the primary focus at this point should be to get this collection in a situation where it's available for people to study for scholars and for people to see I know other people have collected snowshoes but I don't think anyone has ever done it on this scale I don't think it's anything that could ever be done again simply because that skill is is that lost it's really the last of the traditional snow syndicates you

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21 thoughts on “The Snowshoe Storyteller

  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Good for you! Enjoyed it and hope you are able to share all this knowledge and history with the world.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Always have to give respect to someone who recognizes the craftsmanship and undeniable function of what the Native Peoples created over time. Thousands of year's of proof vs…..Europeans. Haha no comparison.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Where could we find Bill, maybe some of us would like to visit him and the snowshoes. Also, it would be interesting to learn.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Love it when someone's passion records posterity and the arts at the same time. Looking to the past to see the future. Thank you

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    This was another great one thanks

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    this guy sounds so self conceded no hate intended i just hate the way he pampers himself up so much

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    This is so inspiring!! I love these videos.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    I'm glad this channel is growing, it's 10x better than shitty buzzfeed.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    He should will those to the Smithsonian.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    1.57 reminds me of how to basic 😂😂😂

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    I hear Trump collects gold plated snow shoes whenever he finds them.
    So far, he hasn't found any.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    minulla ei ole lumikenkiä joten käytän näitä vitun vanhoja tennismailoja

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    This man is a treasure!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    This channel always delivers brand new contents on each episodes, great job. Stay fresh guys !

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Warms my heart.. this guy is a legend. It's a great story, and passion, whats he's doing.. pretty amazing. I do wish you link everyone's social media or how we can contact them in description though..

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    His collection should be the center piece of a museum. And frankly, I wish that some local school or college would invite him to teach the craft to the next generation. When he passes, far too much information is going to be lost. This video is a great start! How about a full length documentary film about snowshoeing?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    I love the stories about craftsmen.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    You guys have a great channel. Please don't turn into another Vice or Buzzfeed or any of that crap.

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