Archive for the ‘ Tattooing by Hand ’ Category

Teaser Trailer for my mini Documentary Indigenous Ink

19th September 2014 | 0 Comments

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 [...]


The Rebirth of Nlaka’pamux Tattooing

20th July 2012 | 1 Comment

These are pictures of me hand tattooing my first Nlaka’pamux hand tattoo on someone other than myself, this is so awesome. The tattoo design was inspired by the pictographs of the Stein Valley which i will be visiting next week and photographing as many pictographs as possible. The photos were taken by Wes Wilson who does weddings [...]


Aleut Woman with Facial Tattoos

12th May 2012 | 0 Comments

Another Piece done by John Weber as part of Captain Cooks explorations, this one is of a Aleut woman with Facial Tattoos.


The Journey Begins

1st May 2012 | 0 Comments

As I begin this new leg of my journey I figured the best place to start is by reflection, a brief look at my journey into my studies at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan in Indigenous studies. Why this project? Why this subject? What is my connection to it, and why is it important? My [...]


University of British Columbia-Okanagan Undergraduate Research Award

8th March 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m so excited to have been awarded an Undergraduate Research Award which means I will be spending my summer researching Nlaka’pamux tattooing and being paid to do this research. I will be spending many hours searching and looking through photos at Museums and Archives as well as reading journals written by settlers, missionaries, fur traders etc to look for any evidence [...]


Mohawk and MahicanTattooing (Iroquois)

4th January 2012 | 0 Comments

While searching the Canada Archives website I found these amazing paintings by John Verelst, the first painting is entitled. Sagayenkwaraton (baptized Brant). Named Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow, King of the Maquas (Mohawk)  It depicts a Mohawk King with an amazing example of the rich history of Tattooing in North America among its Indigenous peoples. [...]


More historical Inuit Tattoo Pictures

2nd January 2012 | 0 Comments

After digging a little deeper at the Canadian Library and Archive I found some more Photos, you can access these pictures at   http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca.


Historic Inuit Facial Tattoo Pictures

2nd January 2012 | 0 Comments

As I was researching online the other day I found these amazing photos taken in 1937 by the Photographer Donald B. Marsh. They Were taken at Eskimo Point, N.W.T., [Arviat (formerly Eskimo Point), Nunavut] and I found them at the Canadian Library and Archive. I found some other also at the Canadian Library and Archive, these are [...]


Nlaka’pamux Skin Stitch and Hand Tattooing

1st January 2012 | 0 Comments

After much research and alot of planning, I finally decided to begin practicing my traditional hand tattooing techniques. Here are the pictures of my first pieces, the skin stitch is four parallel lines which according to James Teit meant that the wearer was courageous, and then I tattooed three diamond shapes that represent lakes Witt [...]


The Last Tattoos of St Lawrence Island, Lars krutak

6th November 2011 | 0 Comments

This is another article about the tradition of  skin stitch tattooing among the Indigenous peoples of St Lawrence Island. http://www.larskrutak.com/articles/Last_Tattoos_SLI/index.html At the end of this article he talks about the dying tradition, check out my next post and see it being revived.