Tuesday, November 30, 2010


          The purpose of this post "Recap" is to serve as a run-over regarding the  material I have previously shared on this journey, with my internet audience thus far...
          Previously I've posted about the crucial significance that good eyesight and visual memory is to the Inupiaq people, as individuals and as a people. Eyesight is very important in Inupiaq culture because, the far north's terrain consists of tundra and sea ice. Often times hunters had to rely on the ability to memorize a landscape by relying on slight visual cues. Life was seemingly dependent on the ability to see, and when sight was threatened (snow blindness) so was there livelihood. Thus the invention of snow goggles (nearly two thousand years ago by the Thule Inupiaqs) revolutionized Inupiaq lifestyle.  
         After snow goggles were first introduced to the world as an instrument for hunting it was soon drafted into Inupiaq village life. During this period of time, the production of snow goggles began to resemble that of artwork, because of the engraved fine carvings complimented by their great sense of individuality embedded within each pair.
         As an after effect of colonialism the traditional way of making snow goggles is no longer done to the extent that they once were, people still make them but not as often. More likely than not, most people buy pairs of company manufactured snow goggles from local convenient stores. This trend is very common regarding indigenous peoples around the world; the slow drift from ancient tradition to  modern lifestyles. By spreading the cultural knowledge of snow goggles, I hope that snow goggles will not end up like so many things the past has taught us... forgotten.

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