Well, there’s another headline I never thought I’d write! Don’t ask me how I found it but these Russian guys have a passion for modelling human figures and one of their subjects is a Tlingit warrior. It’s actually pretty impressive, with slat armour faithfully rendered, a wooden helmet and the circular gorget or throat protector. Scroll around on that forum for more images of the model. We’ve looked at Tlingit slat armour on this site once before, as well. The narrow slit between the helmet and the gorget or collar might seem exaggerated, but it agrees with this picture (also perhaps exaggerated) and this drawing, both apparently from Russian sources.
But there was an ancillary benefit to looking through this Russian-language forum: one of the participants has scanned some amazing pages of Tlingit art and artifacts from a Russian book, stuff I had never seen before that perhaps has its origins in colonial Russian Alaska.
On the forum pages you can see a number of these illustrations ( a lot of the Russian text seems to be complaining about how hard it is to upload pictures – thanks babelfish) – or you can go to user “Sergey’s” photo pages here - click on the numbers down the left hand side to scroll through about 30 pages of this Russian language book of Tlingit items (plus some other images), and click on the little magnifying glass to the lower left of each picture for a decent resolution. At both the forum and Sergey’s picture site there are also a number of other illustrations, dioramas and so forth of traditional Tlingit life – some of these must be from Russian museums, while others are not. Anyway, it is fun to browse even if, like me, your Russian vocabulary is limited to “Vodka” and “Da, Natascha”.