Archive for the ‘ Nlaka’pamux (Thompson Indian) Tattooing ’ 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 [...]


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 [...]


Boas Collection of American Indian Linguistics

28th June 2012 | 0 Comments

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 [...]


The colonization of Nlaka’pamux territory

11th June 2012 | 0 Comments

I have been working through many secondary sources to help me fill in the missing background knowledge I have concerning the history of colonization among my people. As I do this I am amazed at the tales that come from the early explorers such as Simon Fraser, and his journey among the Nlaka’pamux or as he called [...]


Just Updated the Website

30th May 2012 | 0 Comments

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.


Hunting for Primary Source Documents of Thompson Tattoos

29th May 2012 | 0 Comments

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. I did [...]


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 [...]


Last paper finished, Summer Tattoo research begins

25th April 2012 | 0 Comments

I just handed in my last paper for this term, now preparations begin for my summer research looking for primary source documentation of  Nlaka’pamux tattooing begins. Beginning May 1st I will be begin a daily research journal containing my thoughts and anything I have uncovered. Have a great day.


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 [...]