These snowshoes were made for Myron Hampton when he was a child living at Oxford House in Manitoba, where his father, Ernest, was manager of the HBC post. Myron took them with him to Scotland in 1939 when he was sent to relatives to be educated. He remembers wearing them in Banchory during the wintertime.

Along the edge of the snowshoes are some Cree syllabics which Myron had always been told translated as his name. Recently, Keith Goulet, a Cree scholar who was visiting Aberdeen translated the syllabics, which relate to Myron and his father. They read:

“We are helped by this relation. He [or] she works on our behalf”.

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© Photograph by John McIntosh

© Photograph by John McIntosh

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