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Reawakening Our Ancestors' Lines: Revitalizing Inuit Traditional Tattooing

by Angela Hovak Johnston

ISBN: 1772271691 / 9781772271690

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Product Description

For thousands of years, Inuit women practised the traditional art of tattooing. Created with bone needles and caribou sinew soaked in seal oil or soot, these tattoos were an important tradition for many women, symbols stitched in their skin that connected them to their families and communities.
But with the rise of missionaries and residential schools in the North, the tradition of tattooing was almost lost. In 2005, when Angela Hovak Johnston heard that the last Inuk woman tattooed in the traditional way had died, she set out to tattoo herself and learn how to tattoo others. What was at first a personal quest became a project to bring the art of traditional tattooing back to Inuit women across Nunavut, starting in the community of Kugluktuk.
Collected in this beautiful book are moving photos and stories from more than two dozen women who participated in Johnston?s project. Together, these women are reawakening their ancestors? lines and sharing this knowledge with future generations.

ASIN 1772271691
  • 9781772271690
Amazon Sales Rank 558,001
Main Category Hardcover
Group Book
Publisher Inhabit Media
Studio Inhabit Media
Manufacturer Inhabit Media
Count Per Package 1
Dimensions 11.25 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches
Package Dimensions 11.2 x 11.1 x 0.02 inches. Weight: 1.46 pounds
Photographer(s) Cora DeVos
Meta Antolin
Language(s) English (Published)
English (Original Language)
English (Unknown)
Adult Product? No

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