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Wooden snow goggles and case, Inuit, North America, 1801-190

Science Museum, London

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Snow blindness is caused by sunlight reflecting off white snow and ice. This painful condition causes temporary loss of vision. The Inuit people in North America wore goggles to shield their eyes from such glare. These goggles are made from pine and rawhide. Slits in the rawhide eye pieces let the wearer see. They are kept in a wooden case decorated with hunting scenes. maker: Inuit people Place made: North America



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