INUPIAQ SNOW GOGGLES from Alaska

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Object Description

The goggles are of wood with sinew for attachment.

To the front is a visor over the single long eye slit and on the reverse the goggles have been smoothly hollowed for the comfort of the wearer.

The Inupiaq have lived in the far North of Alaska for 4,000 years and learned to survive in the unyielding harsh environment of the Arctic where they hunt seals, caribou and whale. Natural resources are precious and these goggles were probably made from the driftwood found floating in the rivers which could have travelled many hundreds of miles to reach this desolate area. The goggles are very finely carved with a visor to protect from the sun above and the narrow eye slit to protect the eyes from the sun reflecting off the dazzling snow.

Object History

Bill and Carol Wolf Collection, Hawthorne, New Jersey U.S.

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