In Ottawa Ontario, Canada from October 31st to November 28th at Gallery 101, an art exhibition curated by Cheryl L’Hirondelle entitled, “Owning With the Gaze” featured works by Millie Chen, Leah Decter, Stephen Foster, Ayumi Goto, Suzanne Morrissette, Lisa Myers and myself. At the opening of this exhibition on October 31st I performed my first “Earth line tattooing action” from 6-10pm. This blog post will outline where the idea for this performance emerged and share some of my thoughts, feelings, emotions and insights that have come to my consciousness since that date a little over a month ago.
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.
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.
I am in the UBC-Okanagan Library again working on the Microfilm machine checking out the Boas Collection of American Indian Linguistics, which contains many notes and journals of the Anthropologist James Teit. My last trip was a learning experience, in that I made myself familiar with the operation of this beast of a machine, which I used a few times many years again while in Elementary school. Also familiarizing myself with the scanning and zoom features.
I’m currently in the UBC-Okanagan library checking out the unpublished notes of James Teit on Microfilm, what a cool experience!
Found some amazing things in Teits unpublished notes once I have a better look I will post what I have found! Super excited.
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 at the university of British Columbia-Okanagan in Kelowna BC. It run a summer undergraduate research award which allows undergrads to get research experience, an amazing thing.
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.
I have spent the past month looking for pictures on online archives that show my ancestors tattooing practices, I have come up with many examples of other nations tattoos but none from my own nation. At times I feel defeated but then realize that I have just figured out where not to look.
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.
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?