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Snow goggles

November 28, 2017

As anyone who’s been out skiing on a bright winter day knows, the winter sun can be very trying on your eyes. For hunters out on the ice and snow it can be very constraining. Snow goggles are a way of protecting the hunter’s eyes, and we have examples of these in the Nunalleq collection – in two very different designs. A wooden pair, and the remains of a pair made of woven grass.

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A pair of wooden snow goggles, from the back and front. 

23755120_1731610006873927_2989019384005611403_nFragmentary remains of woven grass snow goggles following cleaning and conservation. The photo below is from Bristol Bay and is now in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, illustrated in ‘Yuungaqpiallerput; The Way We Genuinely Live‘ with text by Ann Fienup-Riordan and information provided by Yup’ik elders, 2007, University of Washington Press.

 

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