EARTHLINE TAT­TOO TRAIN­ING RES­I­DENCY

UNIVER­SITY OF BRI­TISH COLUMBIA, OKANA­GAN July 3 to 31

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Earthline Tat­too Col­lec­tive is Jor­dan Ben­nett, Amy Mal­beuf and Dion Kaszas. Their res­i­dency seeks to re­vive tra­di­tional In­dige­nous tat­too­ing prac­tices.

JOR­DAN BEN­NETT: The sur­viv­ing tat­too de­signs are found in pic­tographs, pet­ro­glyphs, hi­ero­glyph­ics, bas­kets, cloth­ing ap­pliqués and else­where. Par­tic­i­pants will learn safe prac­tices to pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties from blood-borne pathogens. They’ll learn tra­di­tional hand-poke tech­niques and skin stitch, done with a nee­dle and thread sewing into the skin, com­mon in nu­mer­ous In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. We’ll hike in the Stein River Val­ley for land-based learn­ing, and we’ll re­search each per­son’s an­ces­tral tat­too­ing prac­tices to un­der­stand eti­quette. It’s a way to re­it­er­ate the im­por­tance of tat­too­ing, that it’s al­ways been part of us and part of the land that we come from.

Res­i­dency par­tic­i­pants learn­ing tra­di­tional In­dige­nous tat­too­ing meth­ods, 2016

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