Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge


Snow goggles

yukłuktaak “snow glasses, snow goggles”
Язык: Qawiaraq Iñupiaq

Whenever you go out hunting or when the sun is shining, you’d take those along…Especially in the long daylight hours in the spring they’d wear those.

—Jacob Ahwinona, 2001

As the amount of sunshine increased in late winter and spring, people wore goggles to protect themselves from snow-blindness. This painful and debilitating condition occurs when strong ultraviolet light reflects from snow and ice, burning the retinas. Goggles have narrow slits that reduce the amount of light that can reach the wearer’s eyes; on this pair, there is also a carved visor for shade.

Культура: Iñupiaq
Регион: Seward Peninsula, Alaska
Деревня: Cape Darby
Категрия предмета: Hunting
Размеры: Length 15.4cm
Дата поступления: 1880
Источник: Edward W. Nelson (donor)
Музей: Национальный музей естественной истории
Идентификационный номер музея: E044256