Research on Indigenous revival of Traditional Tattooing

The past year I’ve been on a path of learning the art of Indigenous tattoo methods.  My interest in this stems from my reading and understanding of the history of tattooing methods among my people, the Teetł’it Gwich’in, where chin tattoos were adorned by women and facial and arm markers by the men.  Woman forms were attributed to the regions of belonging on their chin as markers of territory. The men were marked by their warriorship through warfare practices that attributed to the protection of their people.  These marks were dressed on their faces and arms bands for every enemy killed.

This is but a glimpse of information that I have managed to research.  But I hope in collaboration with other like-minded Gwich’in researchers and other Indigenous peoples working on reviving their peoples methods, I can be able to work more on this topic in uncovering information of our peoples history and knowledge around tattooing as a form of identity marker but assertion of our way of life, our cosmology, that is connected to our worldview embedded within the physical, cultural, and spiritual landscape of Gwich’in lands.

This article, Bloodlines, talks about the Inuit revival of their traditional tattooing.  Inspiration and love flows through the words as shared…

http://anchoragepress.com/arts/bloodlines

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