Archive for the ‘ Identity ’ Category

Undergraduate Research Awards Final Presentation Video

1st January 2013 | 0 Comments

Here is a video of my final presentation, the sound quality isn’t the greatest but enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnQ393yiKqs&feature=youtu.be I will be attending the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference on the University of British Columbia-Vancouver campus on the 16th of March, 2013.


Sleeping Tattoo Tradition Awakens

25th August 2012 | 0 Comments

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 [...]


Stein Valley Pictograph Hike

28th July 2012 | 0 Comments

Well I’m finally leaving for the Stein Valley, one of the most sacred places in our territory. See you all in six days with pictures and stories, maybe even a few dreams:-)


Stein Valley Pictographs

2nd July 2012 | 0 Comments

In preparation for my journey up the stein Valley have been reading the book “They Write Their Dreams on the Rock Forever:Rock Writings in the Stein River Valley of British Columbia” By Annie York, Richard Daley and Christ Arnett. It is an amazing read and has helped me to put the Creation stories I have been reading into the context of the land of our territory. [...]


Museum of Anthropology and Nlaka’pamux Material Culture

20th June 2012 | 0 Comments

Last week I spent my time visiting many of the Museums that hold collections of Nlaka’pamux material culture specifically baskets. As I began last week I was thinking that looking at these would be just, inspiration for contemporary tattoo designs. As I walked through the many collections of baskets my heart was awakened to the [...]


Archival Work in Merritt, British Columbia. Finding Myself

19th June 2012 | 0 Comments

While engaged in my research at the Nicola Valley Museum and Archive I searched through many drawers filed with photographs of Indigenous peoples, many of them taken by the anthropologist James Teit. I seen many faces and looked at many examples of our material culture in the form of clothing and baskets. As I looked at the faces of [...]


Nicola Valley Museum and Archive visit

7th June 2012 | 0 Comments

I have returned from the NVMA in Merritt BC. I was there hunting for primary source documents which show the traditional tattooing of my ancestors the Nlaka’pamux (Thomspon Indians), I did not succeed in fidning any but became acquainted with hands on research, as an undergraduate student I have been blessed with this amazing opportunity [...]


The education I never received

4th May 2012 | 0 Comments

After the first few days of searching I am beginning to figure out the online archive systems.   keywords are the key to searching, I have expanded the scope of my search from Nlaka’pamux photos to any Indigenous peoples in BC or Canada. It seems that the archives I am accessing aren’t specific enough to find my particular group [...]


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 [...]