We used this type of sled, called tâtiyâkinâskw, to transport canoes over the ice. Built to swivel and fold together, the sled fit neatly inside the canoe once it hit the open water.
The making of a sled would start in the morning to get the proper wood, tamarack. They would cut it down, slash off the branches and drag it home. Sometimes they’d be done before the sun had completely set. It took them one day to make a complete sled.
The sleds were decorated so that they would be admired by others. Also, in the bush, their sleds and snowshoes were decorated so that the Spirit of the Hunt would fancy them and favour the hunter by rewarding him with game.
– Job Kawapit, Whapmagoostui