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Lecture on armored warriors rescheduled


Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has rescheduled a lecture on armored warriors to Thursday, Dec. 1.

In his talk, “Terrifying Visages”:  Armored Warriors of the Northern Northwest Coast , Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections Steve Henrikson will show images of armor mostly housed in museums and cultural centers around the world. Some helmets were designed to inspire fear in the enemy, and the body armor was made of layers of material similar to modern bullet-proof vests, Henrikson said.

“Fully dressed in armor, the warrior’s silhouette was concealed and appears larger than life—offering a psychological advantage. In the late 1700s, the Russian fur trader Alexander Baranov survived a nighttime battle with armored Tlingit warriors, calling them ‘terrifying visages’ and stating that their armor repelled bullets,” said Henrikson.

The lecture will be preceded by two other talks scheduled this month. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Commander Ozzie Sheakley will speak about Tlingit code talkers Mark Jacobs, Harvey Jacobs, George Lewis, Jeff David and Richard Bean and their Congressional Gold and Silver Medals. Sheakley will be followed by Judith Avila, who will provide the context of the work of code talkers through her lecture Code Talker—Looking through the Eyes of Navajo Marine Chester Nez (1921–2014).  She will be accompanied by Chester Nez’s grandson, Latham Nez.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Kai Monture of the K’inie̱x ̱Kwáan will provide a lecture on training he received from his grandfather, George Ramos, who is an expert on Tlingit warriors.

SHI and Sealaska are sponsoring the series in honor of traditional Native warriors and veterans. The lectures will be held from 12-1 pm in Shuká Hít (the clan house) at the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau. The talks also will be videotaped and posted online.

Sealaska Heritage is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research and advocacy that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars and a Native Artists Committee. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.
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