Wednesday, December 1, 2010

one last website that i found helpful

Mannion, J. (2010) Types of Inuit Snow Goggles and Lenses. Retrieved November 30, 2010 from
This website talks about the Inuit cultures and the types of snow goggles that they used in the past and how we have adapted that technology into a more contemporary style. they also tell a little bit about the cultures of the Inuit people. it also talks about the construction of the goggles as well as the travel of the people.

What Snow Goggles are made from

in the Inuit cultures the snow goggles are usually made from walrus tusk, animal bones, or antlers. The Inuit (Eskimo) Cultures include the Yup'ik, Inupiaq, and Inuit(Canadian). these cultures dont have a steady flow of resources due to the harsh northern climate so it oriented what the goggles were made out of. some of the more southern cultures such as the Tlingit and Athabascan cultures use a different method to making their snow goggles. the southern cultures have a steady flow of resources unlike the north. so they are almost always made from wood or antler. then the Aleutian culture uses mainly drift wood and bone for their snow goggles. 

The amazing snow goggle

this is a cool picture dipicting how the different styles of snow goggles from different areas are still similar and work similarly but they also have their slight variations. it is so interesting when you look at the tools the Alaskan Native peoples had before colonialism. snow goggles is one of the very few items that every region has a history of using them. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

cool website that was interesting on many different topics as well as snowgoggles

Arend, C. Alaskan Snow Goggles. Retrieved November 11, 2010, from
in this website they have a contest where they chose a picture every day to praise and gloat over. this picture was taken in 1969. but then there are links up at the top of the page where you can look over other scientific and historical topics. this website produces a magazine that is popular in the science community.

What if you were an ancient pair of snow goggles

I have once imagined being a pair of snow goggles and trying to picture floating along the wind as a seed then growing into a tall tree. then being chopped down and created to a work of art and a piece of essential equipment for hunting and surviving the harsh climate of the arctic. after that laying dormant before being collected by a man from the Smithsonian museum. after that just sitting on some shelf in the basement for hundreds of years. the almost returning home in Alaska.

Monday, November 29, 2010

One Very Interesting Article for Native American Artifacts

Kassis, K. Archive for the 'North American Tribes/Cultures' Category. Retrieved November 29, 2010, from
This website is a list of many different kinds of artifacts from the Native American cultures. i used it mainly for the snow goggles, but i found a lot of the information and videos very interesting. the have live whale hunting videos as well as some blanket making and archeologist dig sites. the website also has at least one picture of every artifact that is mentioned in this article.

Changing times and new places for snow goggles.

People have taken this design and improved it to the modern snow goggles that we see now. Now they often look like pieces of shadowed glass to cut the glare from the light. NASA has taken the idea of little slits in the eyes and adapted them to help the astronauts in space. since these people have taken a very simple and extremely important design and made them modern, we tend to loose our appreciation for the older and ancient technologies that our ancestors have developed.