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Snow goggles

yuġluqtaak “sun goggles”
Language: North Slope Iñupiaq

Qiñiġnaġmiuk (You can see with these).

—Jane Brower, 2002

These Barrow area snow goggles are inscribed with designs that include suns, mountains, and eyes clad in goggles. Explorer Patrick H. Ray, visiting the Barrow region in 1883, wrote, “The blinding glare of the sun upon the snow affects the strongest eyes, and we found no preventive. We had several varieties of shaded glasses and goggles, but found as much protection in the wooden shades made and worn by the natives as we did in our own improved glasses, and they were much more comfortable, as the moisture from the face did not congeal upon them so readily.”

Culture: Iñupiaq
Region: Northwest Alaska
Village: Point Barrow
Object Category: Hunting
Dimensions: Length 16.0cm
Accession Date: 1921
Source: Sheldon Jackson (collector)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E316707