Snow goggles, circa 1920-1930, from Government of Nunavut Collection, photo courtesy of Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, Accession Number 995.002.072.

Snow goggles

Originating from the Coronation Gulph area, these wooden snow goggles have one long slit across the front for the eyes, with sinew passing through two holes on each side. The dates of creation are based on comparison with other museum collections of historic Copper Inuit.

Snow goggles could be carved out of a variety of materials including bone, wood and antler. The inside of the goggle was blackened to reduce the glare and add extra protection.

Goggles were carved to fir the face of the person and the slits were made depending on their personal eyesight requirements.

Inuit snow goggles were essential, especially in the spring when the returning sun reflected glare from the expanses of snow and ice. Snow blindness was a real peril.