19 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 1/16 in. (50.2 x 10.5 x 0.2 cm)
Unknown, Eskimo or Inuit
Native American or First Nations (Canada)
Eskimo or Inuit; made in Alaska or Canada
Medium and Support:
Location: Currently on view
Snow beaters were used to remove snow from clothing before going indoors. An important accessory in the Arctic, they helped to keep clothing from deteriorating in the humid atmosphere inside. Due to the limited availability of wood in the region, most snow beaters were carved out of ivory and are much narrower than the wooden one on display here. However, groups that lived near the mouths of rivers in the arctic (primarily Alaska) would have access to driftwood, as would Yupik Eskimos living along the lower reaches of the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers where there were stands of trees.
[Gallery label text, 2009]