Indigenous Tattoo Gathering
In September of 2017, we will host a two-day traditional tattoo gathering to celebrate the resurgence of Indigenous tattoo practices in North America. This GoFundMe campaign is to cover the travel expenses to bring in 10 Indigenous Traditional Tattoo artists to the North Shore of Lake Huron. We also want to feed everyone who comes. Our gathering will be hosted in the "bush" on the land in a traditional setting.
For thousands of years Indigenous Peoples and Nations practiced the traditional art of tattooing, but because of the influences of colonization, this practice became severely diminished in the last 150 years or so until recently. In recent years, there has been an exciting resurgence movement of traditional tattooing practices from North to South, East to West all over North America.
Our goal is to raise funds for the following:
- Travel/Accomodation for 10 Indigenous traditional tattoo artists; including Jay Soule, Kanenhariyo Seth Lefort, Dion Kazsas, Marjorie Tahbone and others.
- Food to feed 200 people (traditional Indigenous foods)
- Offerings and gifts for Elders to lead the ceremony
- Travel for 10 Indigenous youth to apprentice & learn
- Supplies for the camp including: wood, rental of trappers tents, rental of dishes (we don't use styrophom or any disposable items that would damage the environment), water, porta potties, etc.
During the gathering we wish to share techniques and to tattoo people who sign up to attend and celebrate our resilience as Indigenous Peoples and our connection to the lands and waters.
There will be no cost for those attending. And no cost to us for a venue rental.
Our gathering is being organized entirely by volunteers.
This fine example of cultural tradition is being used in a cavalier manner. The "111" originally earned and was not used as a cultural adornment. I have seen way too many young woman tattooed drinking in bars with their Gucci handbags. I have seen woman with the "111"chin tattoo doing harsh drugs. You must be pure and sanctioned by an elder before you earn the chin tattoo. In old times, you must be married or widowed. I hope they teach these requirements.
Thank you to all who are offering gifts for Elders!! That is so perfect. Any gifts can be mailed to Onaman Collective, P.O. Box 215, Serpent River First Nation, Cutler, Ontario, P0P 1B0.
I would love to come and be a part of this .. I would also be honored to donate some items for the Elders /giveaways :)
I'd love to do gifts for Elders if I'm able/you'd like! Shoot me an email: bridgetteannalyse @ gmail . com
I am also happy to make Elder/artist gifts if needed.
Also very happy to make gifts for the Elders and artists. Please PM me, would be delighted to help.
I don't have any money right now but I can make some gifts for the elders...PM me if you're interested