Ancestral Ink: A Symposium Honoring Indigenous Tattoo Traditions brings together Indigenous tattoo practitioners and cultural bearers from the Pacific and North America who are the forerunners in the revival of traditional cultural practices, providing an informative, engaging and inspiring forum that celebrates the resurgence and resilience of Indigenous peoples and traditional tattooing practices.
Ancestral Ink is produced collaboratively by Kua’aina Associates and Broken Boxes Podcast, and is hosted and supported by the Santa Fe Art Institute.
Food trucks and music can be enjoyed during the lunch hour. This event is free and open to the public.
Symposium Presenters / Tattoo Practioners
Sulu`ape Keone Nunes (Native Hawaiian), Master Tattoo Practioner
Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum (Native Hawaiian) is an artist, muralist and haumana (apprentice) under Su`a sulu`ape Keone Nunes
Te Rangitu Netana (Nagpuhi, Ngati Wai & Te Arawa tribes of Aotearoa)
Marjorie Tahbone (Inupiaq from Nome, Alaska)
Dion Kaszas (Nlaka`pamux), co-founders of the EarthLine Tattoo School on the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus situated on the territory of the Syilz Okanagan Nation.
The symposium will also feature a panel of California Indian cultural bearers who have been part of the renewal and reawakening of their tattoo traditions including Loren Bommelyn (Tolowa Dee-ni’), Lena Bommelyn (Karuk), L Frank Manriquez (Tongva-Acjachemen), Sage La Peña (NomtipomWintu) and Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi, Konkow Maidu).
Critical discourse around Indigenous tattooing practices
Video shorts from the documentary series “Skindigenous” that explore indigenous tattooing traditions around the world
An open-studio experience to provide attendees an opportunity to interact with the practitioners and panelists, and witness traditional tattoo demonstrations
The different regional tattooing traditions, methods and designs
Cultural protocols associated with tattooing
Personal responsibility in receiving a tattoo
Issues around cultural appropriation
Importance of safe tattooing practices – health and safety
Ancestral Ink is presented by
Ancestral Ink has been made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors