Marks of the Ancestors


Indigenous activists in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are reviving the tradition of face tattoos as a form of healing from generations of systematic marginalization. Before the arrival of Europeans, people across the Pacific littoral and the arctic ocean used face tattoos to mark transitions in life and social status. After centuries of colonialism and cultural erasure indigenous tattoo artists are now re-learning some of the old traditions and re-interpreting them in an effort to carry their culture into the future.

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