The origins of tattooing – St. Albert Today

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The origins of tattooing – St. Albert Today

by ahnationtalk on December 7, 202034 Views

Indigenous Northwest Coast tattoo artists are working to reclaim the tradition after it was banned more than 130 years ago

When it comes to cultural identity, a tattoo is a prominent and permanent way of making your mark. Say what you will about a lot of the ink that gets indelibly scratched onto people’s skin, there is much to learn and more to appreciate about the body art of the Pacific Northwest Coastal Indigenous peoples. To them, it’s a symbol of place, clan and spirituality, all rolled into one.

Musée Héritage Museum curator Joanne White said she is excited about “Body Language,” and not just because it’s the first new exhibit since “Keeping the Peace,” which opened at the end of January.

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