I used to make toboggans. When I was first married I made one for my wife. But I had also been making them for travelling since I was 16 or 17. We used them to carry our camping gear around. We used tamarack or birch. It has been said that our ancestors made these before they had modern tools. They painted the same designs on their snowshoes, toboggans, sleds, snow shovels and clothes. They used to say that the “Hunt” would recognize and acknowledge the hunter. The “Hunt” represented everything we ate for our sustenance.
– Samuel Bearskin, Chisasibi