Lessons From my Journey into the Revival of Indigenous Tattooing

I have had the most amazing two weeks working with and alongside the amazing artists Jordan Bennett, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Amy Malbeuf and Dean Hunt as we share our collective knowledge. This project is an outgrowth of my efforts to share my knowledge about traditional tattooing methods, the health aspects around tattooing and the power of tattoo revival.

There is a rock shelter that contains pictographs in the Stein River Valley that stands as a metaphor for my journey into understanding who I am.

Longing to belong
Longing to belong

 

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Teaser Trailer for my mini Documentary Indigenous Ink

Documentary Indigenous Ink

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 first time I did any sort of video editing, recording of interviews etc. I am cleaning up the final project and will be posting it within the next few weeks.

Enjoy

Indigenous Ink

Undergraduate Research Awards Final Presentation Video

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.

Update on the Basket of Coyotes Wife Pictograph site

Basket of Coyotes Wife

Angela Clyburn has been busy submitting site reports from our summer explorations, in doing this she has discovered that this site the Basket of Coyote’s wife has been recorded in I believe she said the 1980’s but the site reprots are a mess. Which accounts for us not realizing this is the site we re-discovered. She has sorted out the site reports and this pictogrpah is catalogued correctly.

The Basket of Coyote’s Wife Pictorgaph Pictures

I have not posted in way to long, so much has happened since my last post, I have a lot of catching up to do. After getting back into my regular school routine this project has taken a back seat. I just finished my last exam, “Philosophy of Science.” I did another interview with my new friend Lars Krutak, which I will post on in the next few days. I also did my final presentation for my Undergraduate Research Award I have video footage of which I will post. I will also be posting on Lars’s new book, “Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification. Wisdom. Healing. Shamanic Power. Protection.”

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Lost James Teit Pictograph Site Found Near Spences Bridge, BC

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.

 

Stein Valley Pictograph Research Trip Was Amazing

After a few weeks of sorting through photographs enhancing and being inspired I will post my pictures from the Stein hike with enhancements in my website I will post a few here just to give you a taste.

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Pictograph Research in the interior of British Columbia

I have been doing a lot of work this summer into reviving the tattooing tradition of my ancestors, part of this work has been investigating our visual and material culture one of the treats of this project has been being able to spend time in the sacred spiritual places my ancestors inhabited. I have been shown many pictographs of different nations, this picture of a Secwepemc pictograph found near Enderby, British Columbia is an example.