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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. Registration is recommended as space is limited, click below to register today.


August 18, 2019


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Santa Fe Art Institute + Google Map
1600 St Michaels Drive, Building #31
Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States

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)

Symposium Programming

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

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