Tumpline

A tumpline is a long leather strap or sling, broad at the middle and tapered at both ends, which crosses the chest or forehead and attaches to a pack or other load.

Belt Loom and Tumpline
The belt loom was used by the Subarctic people for weaving. The tumpline across the forehead helped support heavy loads (artwork by Gordon Miller).
Tumpline
Drawings of tumplines used in various parts of North America (1917).
Chippeway Woman and Child, image by Charles Bird King, published ca. 1836-44 by Rice, Rutter & Co., Philadelphia. \r\n
Tumpline, First World War
Demonstration by the 11th Canadian Brigade Tumpline Company. On left: showing the possibility of continuing work with the tumpline whilst earing steel helmet and gas-mask. On right: a trumpliner wearing his tumpline bandolier-fashion after delivering his load.

Tumpline [Algonquian tump, "pack strap"], a long leather strap or sling, broad at the middle and tapered at both ends, which crosses the chest or forehead and attaches to a pack or other load. It was used to portage loads of fur-trade goods.


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