Introduction Patagonia Andes Amazon Mesoamerica / Caribbean Southwest Plains / Plateau Woodlands California / Great Basin Northwest Coast Arctic / Subarctic Contemporary Art

Yakutat Tlingit pipe
ca. 1820–1850
Wood, brass
25 x 9.5 x 6.5 cm
Collected by Lt. George Thornton Emmons

In an 1805 letter sent from Sitka to the directors of the Russian American Company, the imperial envoy Rezanov wrote, “The brutal massacre committed by the Americans [referring to the Tlingit] has taught us to take precautions. Our cannons are always loaded.…” Russian gunboats later used their cannons to fire on the Native population on several occasions. This pipe depicts one of the Russian ship’s cannons.

Back to Top