Snow shovels were used for clearing snow and for throwing snow onto sod houses and houses made of snow blocks to provide extra insulation.
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"The Eskimos make large wooden shovels used in clearing the ground of snow." (Émile Petitot, quoted in Savoie, 1971: 158)
"(…) the spiral dome (of the snow house was covered with a layer of snow." (Émile Petitot, quoted in Savoie, 1971: 166)