Inuit Assassin’s Creed: continued!

In the Sermerssuaq entry,  I posted a link to this image that I found in my research, saying that I now really wanted an Inuit Assassin’s Creed game:

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Shortly after that, though, I got a message pointing out that it’s not an authentic image:

impling asked: Hi! I was poking around here, because this place is awesome, and clicked the Inuit archer photo hoping for more… only to find a comment (from Dec. 4,) that said it’s from a movie called Jadesoturi (Jade Warrior). Checked that out and sadly… the woman is not Inuit and the costume isn’t, either. Google “Anna-Maria Vilppunen master of arts” and get the third link down- it leads to a write-up and a nice high-res version of the image. Ms. Vilppunen was the movie’s costume designer. Sorry. :(

Which, you know, super bummer. I replied with another image found in my research, of Mi’kmaq (not Inuit) dancer Daniel Stephens, from a photographic series called Warrior: Fire and Ice.

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This Reddit thread indicates his outfit is kind of a mishmash of different tribes, but at least it’s authentic in parts, and it’s a great picture.

After this, several other people chimed in with even MORE awesome pics and information. Tumblr user northernselkie replied:

So, even though I’m an archaeologist up here, I’m by no means an expert, but you know what’s really cool? Armor from NW Alaska and the Chuckhi. NW Alaskan pre-historic Inupiat armor looks like this

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And Chukchi armor looks like this:
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For non-armor, but further awesome Inuit costume design, (and great movie-making all around) check out, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

…to which someone asked if that armor is actual battle armor, or if it’s purely ceremonial. Tumblr user oosik jumped in:

That’s legit armor, a concept that goes back some time. Bone and ivory armor slats have been found along the northwest coast of Alaska from at least 1,000 years ago. It is suspected to have been a product of conflict between two neighboring groups, the Birnirk, a purely maritime culture, and Ipiutak, which have a coastal and inland variant. The conflict would have arisen at whaling and walrus “hot spots,” prime real estate where the marine mammals would have come closest to the shore. One of these locations is Point Hope, where a burial excavation uncovered a projectile point embedded in a sternum. If this doesn’t show proof of armor, it at least shows proof for the need of armor.warf

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Truly, RP readers are the best readers.

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  • The Chukchi armor looks pretty darn close to what the Skaal wear in the Skyrim Dragonborn expansion. It’s some of my favorite armor in the game, and I’m so happy to see it’s based in something real!

  • kalevala

    The picture jadesoturi is from a finnish/japanese movie. The movie is a modern remake of the finlands national epic called Kalevala. The story is about how the world came to life and about finnish heritage. In the story there is a man called Väinämöinen who is the main poet in the epic and he is sort of the wise guy of the south and the northern part is being ruled by an old and very powerful woman called Louhi.

  • kadonneet

    Come to think of it, Louhi would be an awesome suggestion for this site–she’s an awesomely strong and complex character. (And Kyllikki is pretty impressive as well.)

  • Bonnie Loshbaugh

    Not assassins, but there is this:
    “Never Alone, a new video game by E-Line Media, has been generating a lot of buzz in recent months. Its developers teamed up with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a nonprofit that works with Native Alaskans, creating Never Alone as a way to help transmit traditional tribal stories to younger indigenous kids.”
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/11/21/365791351/updating-centuries-old-folklore-with-puzzles-and-power-ups

  • kalevala

    Yeah, because there haven’t been many characters from scandinavia on this site and Aino would be also a very good suggestion, because of what she did to avoid marriage .