The Tlingit were formidable warriors. In their large wooden helmets carved with clan crests or a ferocious human face, they were a fearsome sight to their enemies. Their armor consisted of heavy wooden collars and wooden slates or rods to cover their bodies. They were armed with daggers, spears, and war clubs.
Tlingit armor consisted of a helmet and wooden collar that protected the head and neck, and a sleeveless coat of heavy hide which reached to, or just below, the hips. These coats were sometimes reinforced by wooden slat armor that covered the body and additional coverings extending from knee to foot. The warrior peered out through slots that were cut into the space between the wooden helmet and collar.