The Moko: Facing up to Your Culture (Newshub Article)

After reading this short article and video put out by Newshub I am reminded of how important the work of revival by the Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) has been in my own life and work in the revival of Nlaka’pamux tattooing. The work of revival of Moko by the Maori was key as I begin to envision a time when our people embodied our culture in the same way the Maori have and do.

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Earthline Tattoo Collective: Aotearoa Part 2

Earthline Tattoo travels to Aotearoa to visit with old friends and to make new ones in an International Indigenous Collaborative Exchange project funded by the Canada Council of the Arts and their Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange: International grant.

Portrait Painting by Gottfried Lindauer of Maori using Uhi
Portrait Painting by Gottfried Lindauer of Maori using Uhi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canada Council states on its website that, “The Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange (APCE) program provides support for Aboriginal

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Earthline Tattoo Collective Travels to New Zealand

Earthline Tattoo: Aotearoa

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Last November I travelled to New Zealand to attend the Maori Pacific and Global Indigenous Tattoo Festival (Indigenous Ink), it was an amazing trip that helped to open my eyes to an amazing community of Indigenous tattoo artists and cultural tattoo practitioners. I was the only Indigenous

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Skindigenous TV Program Visiting Salmon Arm and Merritt

Photo Credit: Kiano Zamani of Uniters Media.
Photo Credit: Kiano Zamani of Uniters Media.

A few months back I was contacted by Jason Brennan of Nish Media about my participation in the television program they are working on producing which will be airing on APTN in 2018. I love the title of this program, “Skindigenous.”

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Week Two of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency

Week Two of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency

The second week of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency was spent learning about the relationship between Indigenous tattoo revival and land. At the most basic level our identity in North America is steeped in legislation that is designed to erase our identity and with it our rights to the very land that the nation states of Canada and the United States are inhabiting. The second is that our knowledge systems, language and visual language all come from and are informed by the land, so as I have journeyed I have always found it essential to spend time out on my territory to ground me in my place. Finally our tattoos are connected too the visual vocabulary painted and etched into the rocks of our vast territories. This is the reason I felt it necessary to take the artists involved in the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency out onto my territory.

Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park
Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park

We took a 3 day backpacking trip hiking over 30 kilometers into the SteinValley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park.

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Week One of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Part 2

Week One of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Part 2

After a very intense and emotional first day we got down to business with an equally intense second day. During the day we looked over and did training into the most important part of the tattooing process, for me it is even more essential to the effectiveness of the revival of Indigenous tattooing and it includes knowledge and training around blood borne pathogens, cross contamination and the health aspects of tattooing.

Blood Borne Pathogens Training
Blood Borne Pathogens Training

The students worked through blood borne pathogens training and gained certification and did an intensive workshop related to the distinctive concerns associated with being a cultural tattoo practitioner and the work of ensuring everyone involved in the tattooing process is protected from any potential harm associated with the application of a tattoo.

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Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Gallery Exhibition July 12-15, 2016

The Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency will be having a gallery exhibition held at the FINA Gallery on the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus, in Kelowna British Columbia, Canada. With a opening reception on July 12th at 6pm.

Earth Line Tattoo Training Set up training
Earth Line Tattoo Training Set up training

The Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency is supported by the Indigenous Summer Intensive a program coordinated by the Creative Studies Department (in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies), the Canada Council of the Arts through Indigenous Arts support of the Summer Intensive and the Equity and Enhancement Fund.

UBC Equity Fund Sponsor
UBC Equity Fund Sponsor

Week One of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Part 1

Week One of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Part 1

The first two weeks of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency have been absolutely mind blowing as I have been able to hear the stories of the artists in attendance Dean Hunt, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Amy Malbeuf and Jordan Bennett. These two blog posts will contain a run down of the activities and some of the lessons learned and shared over the first week and another to follow outlining the second week.

Hand Poke Demonstration
Hand Poke Demonstration

The Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency is happening as part of and running concurrently with the The Summer Indigenous Art Intensive Program which is coordinated by the Creative Studies Department at the the University of British Columbia Okanagan. It is an amazing program and this year is hosting “a core group of senior artists: Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, David Garneau, and Adrian Stimson. It will also include upward of 20 visiting studio artists in residence.”

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Lessons From my Journey into the Revival of Indigenous Tattooing

I have had the most amazing two weeks working with and alongside the amazing artists Jordan Bennett, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Amy Malbeuf and Dean Hunt as we share our collective knowledge. This project is an outgrowth of my efforts to share my knowledge about traditional tattooing methods, the health aspects around tattooing and the power of tattoo revival.

There is a rock shelter that contains pictographs in the Stein River Valley that stands as a metaphor for my journey into understanding who I am.

Longing to belong
Longing to belong

 

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Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency June 20th-July 15th, 2016

Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency

Indigenous Tattoo School
Indigenous Tattoo School

As an Nlaka’pamux cultural tattoo practitioner I have had the benefit and honor of helping in the revival efforts of many Indigenous nations across Canada as I travel and share the gifts I have been given. A simple question at my Earth Line Tattooing Action at the Gallery 101 exhibition opening of “Owning with the Gaze,” in October 2015 curated by Cheryl L’Hirondelle sparked my thinking, which has manifested into the first Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency. Rachelle Dickenson asked that pivotal question as she sat and chatted with me as she received her skin stitch Earth Line. It was a simple question in the context of the conversation around my work in reviving Indigenous tattooing in Canada, “What is next?” My reply came, “I need to figure out how to teach others how to do what I do.”

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