My grandmother....a full blood Mikmaq native from a res. on the east coast of New Brunswick used to make large pack baskets, fishing creels, and snow shoes among other things. That wonderful ol lady's story can be found in the book "our lives are in our hands". In a futile attempt to bring back my culture a bit, I'm going to attempt making snowshoes again. My grandmother's wood of choice for the frames was a rare tree called brown ash. I spent many days searching for and cutting these trees for my grandmother in the winter. I sometimes look down at my Tubbs when they make these plasticy noised on the branches and snow and think......"Man....I really miss a pair of home made shoes." What species of trees here in Alaska did the natives use for frames? Are there any species that offer splints of pliable nature for bending up frames?