United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 31

As I was reading through the UN DRIP for another class I realized that another Article gives more support to my project and the project of tattoo revival worldwide. That being Article 31 (1)

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Indigenous identity and tattooing?

At the heart of my research is my struggle as an urban indigenous person of mixed ancestry, who wants to locate my sense of self and belonging.

The question of identity in this context is one that is plagued by centuries of colonial genocide on the Indigenous peoples of the America’s and the world over. The reclaiming of an indigenous identity has been necessitated by the following but not limited to them,  legislative policies of colonial governments, policies which include residential schools, the arbitrary legal right to tell indigenous peoples who indigenous peoples are, and land theft.  As well as the continued colonial mythology of the tests of authenticity and primordiality.

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United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People

I found a sense of purpose and freedom to explore this topic when I first read through, well maybe not the first time, but as I looked through the UN DRIP, in particular as I read through such articles as eleven section one which states:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to practice and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artefacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature.”

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