Snow goggles - ROM2005_5521_1

ROM2005_5521_1

Snow goggles

Maker: Inuit
Medium:Wood, cord
Geography: Nunavut or Quebec, Canada
Date: 1910-1914
Dimensions:
4 x 14.3 x 4.4 cm
Object number: HC2035
Credit Line: Gift of Sir William Mackenzie; The Robert J. Flaherty Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
Description

Snow goggles were used in the spring to protect the eyes from the glare of sun light gleaming off of the snow and ice.

In 1910, the Canadian Northern Railway commissioned Robert J. Flaherty (1884 – 1951) to search for iron ore deposits along the northeast coast of Hudson's Bay. Flaherty visited the Arctic over several years during which he collected a wide range of Inuit artifacts. He became interested in filming Inuit life and his popular 1922 silent film, Nanook of the North, garnered him acclaim as a documentary film pioneer.

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