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Help Support the Indigenous Tattoo Gathering 2017

Help Support the Indigenous Tattoo Gathering 2017

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The Onaman Collective is raising money to bring 10 traditional tribal tattooists to Lake Huron to tattoo members of their communities.

This September, the Onaman Collective, a small group of First Nations artists using art for social change, plans to celebrate this empowering cultural revitalization by organizing the Indigenous Tattoo Gathering in the “bush” on the North Shore of Lake Huron. After more than two centuries of colonial suppression, indigenous tattoo practices have experienced an extraordinary resurgence across Canada, the United States, Mexico, and elsewhere, and this event will be celebration of how far this cultural movement has come.

An indigenous woman with traditional facial tattoos. #IndigenousTattooGathering2017 #OnamanCollective #tattoorevival

The event, which is currently fundraising, will be a two-day celebration of ancient tribal tattooing practices and the Indigenous communities that keep these sacred traditions alive. Since the event’s use of the camping site is being donated at no cost, most of the fundraising proceeds will go to bringing out 10 Indigenous tattoo artists who specialize in traditional designs and methods, such as Marjorie Tahbone (who is also a former Miss Indian World in addition to being a knockout hand-poke tattoo artist), Jay Soule, and Kanenhariyo Seth Lefort. 

An indigenous man with a tattoo of a cave painting on his arm. #IndigenousTattooGathering2017 #OnamanCollective #tattoorevival

For more information about this exciting celebration of pan-Indigenous cultural resistance and resilience, you can visit their GoFundMe, their Facebook, or Twitter at OnamanCollective.


Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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