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Lecture – Ashley Verplank McClelland on The Art of Tlingit Warfare
WhenTuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 7 – 8 p.m.
Campus locationBurke Memorial-Washington State Museum (BMM)
Campus roomBurke Room
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Student Activities
Event sponsorsPresented by Friends of Native Art (FONA) in conjunction with the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art

The Art of Tlingit Warfare: Armor, Weapons, and the Russian Wars

In the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska were known as cunning warriors whose sophisticated military tactics and battle gear instilled fear in their opponents. Internecine warfare was common on the northern Northwest Coast, but raids on other tribes in the area produced wealth that endowed honor and prestige on the Tlingit chiefs and their clans. When the Russians arrived in Tlingit territory, they too experienced the fierceness of the Tlingit warriors as they sought to defend their honor, land, and resources. This presentation will discuss the superior craftsmanship of Tlingit helmets, armor, and weapons, as well as the Tlingit/Russian wars of 1802 and 1804.

Ashley Verplank McClelland is a PhD candidate in Art History at the UW School of Art + Art History + Design

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