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Out in the Cold

Sarah Buzaglo

I used to think winter was a cold, dreary season filled with hacking coughs and long boring hours trapped indoors… until I learned this couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are some interesting, and less well-known, outdoor winter activities.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

When you think of Native Americans, you don’t necessarily think of snow. But the Innu and Cree were Indian tribes living in snowy Canada (long before Christopher Columbus discovered America) who, because of their surroundings, became known as “Eskimo Indians.” These tribes lived in areas where snowstorms were common, making travel very difficult. As a result, they needed to find a method of snow transportation by which they could carry heavy loads, including supplies and animals from hunting. The solution? Attaching teams of dogs to a frame of two long, thin birch planks, with a cloth sheet to hold the supplies and belongings, and more canvas tied over it for wrapping. Sometimes, animal skins were used as the canvas, and this became known as utapanashku — or toboggans. 



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