This was only the first time we visited Gordon at his shop the second time was with the gracious organizer extraordinaire of Indigenous Ink Terry Klavenes a Tongan tattoo artists who is working at bringing the motifs and designs from his Tongan heritage into his tattoo work.
During our second visit we happened to be there during the raising of Gordon’s new sign outside of his shop, which warranted an impromptu celebration that included some of New Zealand seafood. One of these “delicacies” is Kina, which are sea urchin eggs, I tried them once and that will be the only time I put these in my mouth. After trying a few of the things offered I thoroughly enjoyed my order of fish and chips.
I have been working on this post about Indigenous Ink 2015 for awhile and have decided since it is so long that I will post it in sections, enjoy part one.
In November of 2015 I travelled to the Maori, Pacific and Global Indigenous Tattoo Festival (Indigenous Ink) in Aotearoa held at the Manukau Station, Auckland New Zealand. This event took place on November 20th to the 22nd and featured over 30 Indigenous tattoo artists and cultural practitioners from across the globe. As stated in the document Press Kit put out by Maori, Pacific and Global Indigenous Tattoo Festival:
I watched this short piece done by CTV awhile ago but haven’t passed it on to those who might be interested in the story that is told about the revival of Haida Tattooing and the work of Gregory Williams.
It is a great video highlighting some of the history associated with the putting to sleep of this great tattooing tradition, most notably in the case of the Haida as the film presents is the Potlatch laws. I loved seeing how Gregory is waking up this sleeping tradition.
Here are a few more pictures of another Nlaka’pamux tattoo I did, all of the photographs where taken by Wesley Wilson an amazing Nlaka’pamux photographers who also does weddings, and many other photographic assignments.
The past few days have been filled with beginning to set out the pictograph sites I am going to visit and setting out the preliminary itinerary as well as finding maps and logistical resources. One of the major pictograph sites I will be visiting is the Nlaka’pamux Stein Valley Heritage park as it has a high concentration of amazing rock art, done by my ancestors. The second site will be a pictograph site located near Monk park on Nicola Lake. I am preparing a supply list and beginning to fill out the paperwork for these trips, as I need safety clearance from the University.
The other thing I have been working on is planning out my trip to the Langley Museum to look at the Pearson basket Collection to find inspiration for some contemporary Nlaka’pamux tattoo designs. I just finished short essay on Nlaka’pamux basketry for my Indigenous Art History class which I will post either later tonight or tomorrow.
After I have visited the Nicola Valley Museum and Archive in Merritt, BC I will be considering other archives to visit.
A few exciting events I will be attending that are not directly associated with my research is a Nlaka’pamux nation gathering and a language revitalization meeting.
As I have been going through the many online archive sources I have not come across a single Nlaka’pamux tattoo source, I at first was a little discouraged about this. I have however found many examples of many other nations tattoos. I have a hunch that the sources I am looking for are in local archives which I am going to head out to at the end of this month. The fact that I have found sources for these other Indigenous peoples tattoos is encouragement that sources for my ancestors are out there.
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 of early tattooing accounts.
As I was thumbing through Colin Dale’s Facebook page I found this exciting article that was posted on one of my favorite tattoo blogs www.needlesandsins.com it is from the Anchorage Daily News which Features Yaari Kingeekuk and her beautiful ancestral tattoos.