Snowshoes

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Introduction

The Innu have occupied a large portion of Labrador and eastern Quebec for two thousand or more years. The Innu refer to this territory as "Nitassinan."

Before settlement in the 1950s, the Innu were organized in small family-based hunting groups that moved from one part of the territory to another on a seasonal basis. In the summer, they would gather at lakes or coastal locations where wildlife resources were plentiful and relief from flies could be obtained.

To the Innu, the land is their history, their culture, and their future. The land is a storehouse of wildlife and natural resources that has sustained them for generations, and which, they hope, will continue to provide for them in future years. Nowadays, this history of life on the land is the source of Innu identity and continues to play an active role in Innu poetry, film, music, crafts and many other forms of creative expression.

This Collection presents a selection of Innu objects from The Rooms, Provincial Museum.


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