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.
With this update I have re-formatted the website so that it is more user friendly. I have added Tattoo Galleries for the pictures and resources I have of many Indigenous Nations and labeled them as such.
I have just added pcitures of haida Crest Tattoos and added some more refernces from the James Teit Booklet on Thompson Tattooing.
After much weeping and gnashing of teeth trying to get paperwork filled out and right, so as to have my trip next week approved I became a little obsessed with my archival research and almost didn’t stop staring into the computer monitor. I have updated the website and found many new examples of Inuit and Algonquian tattooing. I have not found any Nlaka’pamux tattoo examples but am enjoying bringing these resources forward to help other Indigenous peoples reclaim their traditional tattoos.
I am just beginning my second week of research project that is searching for primary source documents of my ancestors tattooing practices, the Nlaka’pamux. As I search the online archives it has been proving difficult to find specific photos that reference my ancestors I have uncovered as few that are records of other nations. I am hopeful that when I get into the actual physical local archives that some more things will surface, I will be posting more pictures as I find them here is a painting done by George Catlin of a Sioux woman with chin tattoos.
While searching the BC Archives digitized photos under the keyword Indian I found this amazing photo of a Kootenai woman with facial tattoos. I’m so pumped to be able to bring these photos out of the archives for all to enjoy and hopefully educate people about the tattooing traditions that have existed here in North America.
I have been looking for examples of historical tattoos of the Indigenous peoples of North America, some might refer to these peoples as Indians, Native Americans, Inuit, Eskimo, Aboriginal, or Indigenous. But the truth is all of these terms puts many nations under one name and denies the fact that many nations still live on the land that makes up North America, and they still have rights to the lands that were stolen from them. I am trying to uncover as many resources for the Indigenous peoples of this land to help in the reclaiming of their tattoos practices. Not as a resource for examples for tribal tattoos but for those who have historical connections to these cultural identifying marks which were and are going to be etched into the skin of Indigenous peoples.
One of the people who did early renderings of Canadian Aboriginal tattoos was Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur. These are his prints which show Indigenous tattoos of early Canada.