Skiis and Skiing from the Stone Age to the Birth of Sport

Skiis and Skiing from the Stone Age to the Birth of Sport

By: John Weinstock (author)Hardback

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This volume examines the prehistory and history of skiing from thousands of years ago to the late 19th century. It brings together information available in obscure publications and particularly examines the contributions of the hunter-gatherer Sami culture in the evolution of skiis and skiing.


Early evidence - literary reference; the ski in rock carvings; skis found in peat bogs; the Sami and the evolution of skiing; circumpolar myths about skiing; skiing during the Viking age; the technological evolution of the ski; skiing in literature I - the Medieval period; military use of skis; skiing in literature II - 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; Sondre Norheim, Pavva Lasse Tuorda and the birth of the sport; skiing in literature III - 19th century; skiing spreads across the world. Appendices: evolution of man to the late Stone Age; reindeer hunters of post-glacial Scandanavia; winter travels in the North - snowshoes; literary references to snowshoes.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773467873
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780773467873
  • ISBN10: 0773467874

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