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UMFK TO HOST FILM "MAKING TRADITIONAL SNOWSHOES"

May 21, 2007

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host the showing of an instructional DVD video by Brian J. Theriault, "Making Traditional Snowshoes" on Friday, May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in UMFK's Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.

The video presentation is free and open to the public.

Edmond and Brian J. Theriault have been making traditional snowshoes for over thirty years. Brian decided to make the DVD/VHS video to detail the dying art form.

The video shows how the Theriaults get ash trees in the woods, cow hides, and make traditional snowshoes. The Theriaults make their own molds and built most of their own tools. They cut up the ash trees into strips of wood for the frames. They also take the cowhides, fleshing the skin and scraping the hair off, and then cut and size the rawhide for weaving. By putting a small piece of rawhide and two sticks together, the Theriaults get transportation. They call their snowshoes 'usable art.'

For further information, please call 207-834-4510.