My journey into reviving Nlaka'pamux (Thomspson) tattooing for myself and generations to come. Check out my website at www.indigenoustattooing.com
Here is a short video I edited of the video captured during a hand poke tattoo session with my friend Cheryl L’Hirondelle the beautiful singing was recorded during the process of this tattoo, it was amazing to hear Cheryl sing as we tattooed. I would like to thank my friend Jordan Bennett for taking the time to operate the camera and recording the audio. I will be continuing to edit short videos similar to this one in coming months.
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
Filed under: Decolonization, Hawaiin Tattooing, Identity, Keone Nunes, L. Frank Manriquez, Lars Krutak, Modern Tattooing, Nlaka'pamux (Thompson Indian) Tattooing, Syilx (Okanagan) People, Tattoo Revival, Tattooing by Hand, Video
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: http://www.larskrutak.com/
and the Facebook page for this book at: https://www.facebook.com/tattoonativenorthamerica
Have an amazing day.
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 todaymedianetwork.com. It shows some of the tattoos which these young men are choosing to represent who they are.
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.
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.
Filed under: Decolonization, Identity, Keone Nunes, L. Frank Manriquez, Lars Krutak, Media, Modern Tattooing, Nlaka'pamux (Thompson Indian) Tattooing, Polynesian Tattooing, Rock Art (Pictograph Research), Samoan Tattooing, Tattoo Music Videos, Tattoo Revival, Tattooing by Hand, Video
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.
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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.
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.
Filed under: Decolonization, Early North American Indigenous Tattoos, Identity, James Teit, Nlaka'pamux (Thompson Indian) Tattooing, Rock Art (Pictograph Research), Skin Stitch Tattooing, Tattoo Revival, Video