Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge

Related Objects

Hunting visor

titqiaq “eye shade, sun visor”
Language: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

It’s for casual wear when the sun is shining, you know. They also have wooden sun goggles carved out of wood.

—Jacob Ahwinona, 2001

Hunters wore visors to protect their eyes from the glare of the sun. This one was carved from a solid piece of wood and said by its maker to represent a pike, a predatory fish with a mouth full of sharp teeth. The creature’s nostrils also give it a wolf-like appearance. The actual teeth are from caribou and the eyes are amber-colored beads. One side of the face is black and the other unpainted.

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Norton Sound, Alaska
Village: St. Michael
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length 46cm
Accession Date: 1878
Source: E. W. Nelson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E033136