Indigenous Ink Documentary

I have finally finished editing my short documentary Indigenous Ink, I created this in one of my classes, in it I talk with friends and family about their tattoos, sometimes while we are in the process of tattooing. I plan on doing a few more of these type of projects in the future.  Enjoy

Indigenous Ink

Lars Krutak’s new book “Tattoo Traditions of Native North America”.

It’s been awhile since I posted anything here, I have been meaning to post something about ym friend Lars Krutak’s new book. It is an amazing resource for anyone interested in Indigenous tattooing, and especially for any Indigenous people looking for information on their ancestral tattooing practices. I got my copy earlier this summer and took some pics of me with the book for Lars facebook page.

Here is a picture of me proudly holding my signed copy from Lars.

The following is an excerpt from the book showing the section that I am featured in.

I am thankful for being interviewed and included in this work, I hope the book inspires many other Indigenous peoples to revive their cultural tattooing practices.

Lars has announced that this book is available from the University of Washington press and can be purchased from them at:

Check out Lars at his website:

and the Facebook page for this book at:

Have an amazing day.

Warriors Off the Rez: Aboriginal Gangs in Winnipeg Vice News

Here is another short piece I watched some time ago that I knew I had to share, it speaks about the struggle of young urban Indigenous youth with who they are. I will add a link to the YouTube video and a article written by Indiancountry It shows some of the tattoos which these young men are choosing to represent who they are.

Haida Ink on CTV Vancouver

I watched this short piece done by CTV awhile ago but haven’t passed it on to those who might be interested in the story that is told about the revival of Haida Tattooing and the work of Gregory Williams.

It is a great video highlighting some of the history associated with the putting to sleep of this great tattooing tradition, most notably in the case of the Haida as the film presents is the Potlatch laws. I loved seeing how Gregory is waking up this sleeping tradition.

Teaser Trailer for my mini Documentary Indigenous Ink

I am just starting to update this blog with some of the work I have been doing since I started my masters degree at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. This is a teaser trailer for a mini doc I produced as part of the class “Digital Filmmaking for activists and scholars”. It was the first time I did any sort of video editing, recording of interviews etc. I am cleaning up the final project and will be posting it within the next few weeks.


Indigenous Ink

Nlaka’pamux tattoos a tradition alive and walking the streets

Here are a few more pictures of another Nlaka’pamux tattoo I did, all of the photographs where taken by Wesley Wilson an amazing Nlaka’pamux photographers who also does weddings, and many other photographic assignments.

Weaving research with community action

This summer I was asked to visit with a group of youth painting a mural to be placed along Highway One on the Neskonlith Indian Band, near Chase BC. This meeting was to help provide some insight into which traditional tattoos should be used in the mural. After meeting with this amazing group of  Secwepemc youth and leaving some information with them I could not wait to see the mural when it was done.

Here are some pictures of the mural, a powerful statement about the Secwepemc peoples right to their land and territory. Also an example of how research into the symbolic and visual culture of Indigenous peoples works to empower the youth of today and give them back these powerful symbols.

This mural is an example of the way that Indigenous scholarship can operate in communities by returning the knowledge collected by ethnographers and historians back into communities. These tattoo designs no longer site on a shelf printed in ink on a page but they are visible to all who pass by on their travels through Secwepemc territory.

Undergraduate Research Awards Final Presentation Video

Here is a video of my final presentation, the sound quality isn’t the greatest but enjoy.

I will be attending the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference on the University of British Columbia-Vancouver campus on the 16th of March, 2013.

Update on the Basket of Coyotes Wife Pictograph site

Angela Clyburn has been busy submitting site reports from our summer explorations, in doing this she has discovered that this site the Basket of Coyote’s wife has been recorded in I believe she said the 1980′s but the site reprots are a mess. Which accounts for us not realizing this is the site we re-discovered. She has sorted out the site reports and this pictogrpah is catalogued correctly.

Another Interview with Lars Krutak the Tattoo Anthropologist

After a summer of research and beginning to revive my ancestors tattooing tradition, I had another opportunity to meet with Lark Krutak. It was an amazing experience to not only sit and share about my summer of research and my efforts at this tattoo revival but also to chat with Lars about his many experiences.

I really enjoyed the hospitality of his good friend Jon as we meet in kelowna British Columbia.

We talked about the many trips he has been on, and talked about his T.V. program Tattoo Hunter which is on Discovery Channel. This interview will be included in his new book being published sometime in 2013.  What a life travelling getting tattooed and meeting a bunch of amazing people. Here is a pic of our meeting, cheesy smiles and all.