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.

The Basket of Coyote’s Wife Pictorgaph Pictures

I have not posted in way to long, so much has happened since my last post, I have a lot of catching up to do. After getting back into my regular school routine this project has taken a back seat. I just finished my last exam, “Philosophy of Science.” I did another interview with my new friend Lars Krutak, which I will post on in the next few days. I also did my final presentation for my Undergraduate Research Award I have video footage of which I will post. I will also be posting on Lars’s new book, “Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification. Wisdom. Healing. Shamanic Power. Protection.” 

But now to post on the redicovery of the pictograph The Basket of Coyote’s Wife, this rediscovery is a recorded rediscovery as I am sure many local people have known about it. I have not inquired.

My friend and colleague Angela Clyburn took a trip out toward Spences Bridge looking for a pictograph site which had not be recorded in well over 90 years, since James Teit had located it well over 90 years ago. It was a long day of hiking up and down the bank covered in scree between Hwy 1 and the railroad. Sweat drenched we searched diligently for another piece of my ancestors history. I didn’t not realize how much garbage is tossed out the windows of vehicles as they race past. There is such an accumulation of garbage it is astounding. I found many old pop bottles tin cans, hub caps, the list is much, much longer than that. Anyways after a few hours of searching it was located and we rejoiced as we sat in wonder and awe at the magnificent drawing left. It is a shame as one of the side of the site is covered in debris from the road construction. Here are the pictures from this amazing trip.

If you are interested in checking out more pictures of this site check out ym webstie which I hope to have updated by the new year.






Lost James Teit Pictograph Site Found Near Spences Bridge, BC

I had an amazing day with a research colleague hunting for a Pictograph site recorded and photographed by James Teit sometime before he passed in 1922, at least 90 years.

After mush preparation by my colleague, we where able to locate the lost site Coyote Rock as documented by James Teit. Pictures and enhancements will follow shortly.


Sleeping Tattoo Tradition Awakens

The culmination of a summer worth of research has paid off with the sleeping tradition of Nlaka’pamux tattooing awakening to a new generation.

These two tattoos were hand tattooed by Dion Kaszas (me) what an amazing experience, being part of this revival has empowered me to continue in my tattoo research.  I believe that all nations should pick up their traditional tattooing, reclaim it, re-envision it for today, and wear it proud.



Stein Valley Pictograph Research Trip Was Amazing

After a few weeks of sorting through photographs enhancing and being inspired I will post my pictures from the Stein hike with enhancements in my website I will post a few here just to give you a taste.


Pictograph Research in the interior of British Columbia

I have been doing a lot of work this summer into reviving the tattooing tradition of my ancestors, part of this work has been investigating our visual and material culture one of the treats of this project has been being able to spend time in the sacred spiritual places my ancestors inhabited. I have been shown many pictographs of different nations, this picture of a Secwepemc pictograph found near Enderby, British Columbia is an example.