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Snow Goggles

Snow Goggles

Late Dorset/Early Thule, Central or Eastern Arctic, 800 – 1200 CE


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The early cultures around the Bering Strait produced snow goggles, either of ivory or wood, as a defense against a painful and often serious condition commonly known as snow blindness, brought about by the harsh glare of the low-lying sun on sea and snow. The narrow openings would shade the wearer's eyes from overexposure to the rays of the sun, as well as affording some protection from wind, sleet or snow. Ivory goggles were often decorated with surface engraving in the prevailing style of the time, and thus are attributable to their cultural origin. Of the relatively few surviving examples of wooden goggles most are devoid of any substantial decoration, and thus datable only when recovered in a controlled archaeological context.


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Snow Goggles E4363

Snow Goggles

Yup'ik or Inupiaq
Western Alaska
late 19th century
Inventory # E4363
Snow Goggles E4277

Snow Goggles

Yup'ik
Southwest Alaska
late 19th / early 20th century
Inventory # E4277
Snow Goggles E3213

Snow Goggles

Late Dorset/Early Thule
Central or Eastern Arctic
800 – 1200 CE
Inventory # E3213
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Snow Goggles E4042

Snow Goggles

Punuk
Bering Sea, Alaska
500 – 1000 CE
Inventory # E4042
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Snow Goggles E3331

Snow Goggles

Old Bering Sea or Inupiaq (?)
Northwestern Alaska
300 - 600 CE
Inventory # E3331
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Snow Goggles CE3451

Snow Goggles

Punuk
Bering Sea, Alaska
500 – 1000 AD
Inventory # CE3451
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Snow Goggles E3705

Snow Goggles

Alaska
late 19th century
Inventory # E3705
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Snow Goggles E4362

Snow Goggles

Inuit
Alaska
​​​​​​​late 19th century
Inventory # E4362
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