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Snow goggles

íngihsún “snow goggles”
Language: Koniag Sugpiaq (Alaska Peninsula dialect)

One man goes behind the deer [caribou] and frightens them. The animals rush straight at the people who are hiding who shoot them with bows and arrows.

—Gavriil Davydov, from “Two Voyages to Russian America, 1802-1807”

These goggles project well out from the face and have a single large opening; they are painted black inside to reduce reflections. They may have been worn for spring caribou or bear hunting, both important for Sugpiaq communities on the Alaska Peninsula.

Culture: Sugpiaq (Alutiiq)
Region: Alaska Peninsula
Village: Ugashik
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Width 13.5cm
Accession Date: 1882
Source: William J. Fisher (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E072515