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Snow goggles, HC1775

Snow Goggles
Made of ivory

 

 

 

The Role of Ivory
NarrationFor thousands of years and countless generations, the peoples of the Arctic have carved ivory.

Since trees do not grow in the eastern Arctic, wood as a raw material was scarce and available only as driftwood. People traditionally depended upon ivory and bone that came from the animals they hunted.

Ivory was carved into:
  • HUNTING & FISHING EQUIPMENT, such as snow goggles,
    harpoon heads, and fish hooks

  • TRAVELLING EQUIPMENT, such as sled sliders, ice cleats,
    and dog trace buckles

  • MANUFACTURING TOOLS, such as the ulu, skin scraper,
    and whittling knife

  • DOMESTIC TOOLS, such as bag handles, needles, thimbles,
    and combs.


HOW THE INUIT HAVE USED IVORY >>


 

 

 
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