Indigenous Tattoo Gathering
Indigenous traditional tattooing is in the midst of a massive resurgence and is an important part of the overall revitalization, restoration and reclaimation movement of Indigenous Nations all across Turtle Island.
On September 29 & 30, 2017 we will gather some of North America’s most renown traditional Indigenous tattoo artists for a two day multi-nation Indigenous gathering that is open to the public to celebrate the resurgence of Indigenous tattoo practices.
For thousands of years Indigenous Peoples and Nations practiced the traditional art of tattooing, but because of genocide and influences of colonization, this practice as well as the practice of using traditional paint on our bodies, became severely diminished in the last 150 years or so until recently.
Over the course of the two days we will explore symbolism, motifs, traditional tattooing techniques, mediums, tools, stories, traditional knowledge on usage, purpose, and historical information. Of vital importance to us is ensuring the protocols are in place regarding copyright, the protections for cultural knowledge and cultural protocols, and importantly discussions about appropriation.
There has never been a gathering like this in Canada before done entirely on the land in a traditional setting.
Our confirmed traditional tattoo artists and knowledge holders for the gathering so far include: Marjorie Tahbone (Inupiaq), Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Inuk), Dion Kazsas (Nlaka’pamux), Amy Malbeuf (Metis), Kanahus Manual (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa), Jay Soule (Anishinaabe), Kanenhariyo Seth LeFort (Haudenosaunee), Naualli Russo (Zahuatlán, Oaxaca) as well as two of us from Onaman Collective, Isaac Murdoch (Anishinaabe) and Christi Belcourt (Michif).
Our goal is to raise funds for the following:
- Travel/Accomodation for 10 Indigenous traditional tattoo artists and knowledge keepers;
- Food to feed 200-300 people (incl. traditional Indigenous foods)
- Offerings, gifts and help for travel for Elders to lead the ceremony
- Supplies 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.
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.
LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED:
For outdoor campers we will let people know how much space we can accomodate for tents. No RVs or Hook Ups.
NO WATER BOTTLES OR STYROFOAM - Please bring refilable bottles as we are aiming to get to zero plastic water bottles and zero styrofoam at our all our gatherings.
With respect Mr. Ulibarri, I was in attendance when the woman pictured recieved her chin tattoo. She lives a clean life, is a strong mother and recently earned her Doctorate. Myself and another very strong elder sat as she was tattooed.. smudge, prayer and sacred songs were constant. She is most deserving.
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.
If you are going to talk about appropriation, don't leave out Indians getting Inuit tattoos.
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.
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