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Snow goggles

yuġluqtaak “sun goggles”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

If you get snow blindness, you’re worthless.

—Oscar Koutchak, 2001

Snow goggles, which protect the eyes from sun damage, were made in many different styles. This pair from Barrow has individual wooden eyepieces, connected by strands of red and blue glass beads. The long, narrow eye slits blocked excess light but still gave a wide field of vision.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Northwest Alaska
Village: Point Barrow
Object Category: Hunting
Object Type: Snow goggles
Dimensions: Length 16cm
Accession Date: 1918
Source: Harley Stamp (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 077564.000