Word of the Week…raquette

Word of the Week…en français

raquette /ʀakɛt/ feminine noun

The Snowshoe. The footwear invented by the First Nations and widely adopted by early French colonists.  They were particularly important to the French-Canadian voyageurs and coureur des bois, allowing for quick travel over deep snow. Traditionally made of wood and animal rawhide, they can be found made of many other materials today. Older sources indicate that just “raquette” is the term for snoeshow, while modern sources show raquette de neige/à neige. See Wikipedia, Wikibec and the Glossary of Mississippi Valley French. Featured image on front page a “portrait of Nicolas Vincent wearing snowshoes by Philip J. Bainbrigge. Image: Library and Archives Canada/R11935-3, e006608816.”

Canadian couple snowshoeing, 1946. Archives of Ontario, public domain.

Canadian couple snowshoeing, 1946. Archives of Ontario, public domain.

 

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