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Reawakening our ancestors' lines : revitalizing Inuit traditional tattooing  Cover Image Book Book

Reawakening our ancestors' lines : revitalizing Inuit traditional tattooing / brought to life and compiled by Angela Hovak Johnston.


"For thousands of years, Inuit practised the traditional art of tattooing. Created the ancient way, with bone needles and caribou sinew soaked in seal oil, sod, or soot, these tattoos were an important tradition for many Inuit women, symbols etched on 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 old way had died, she set out to tattoo herself in tribute to this ancient custom 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 with Johnston's home 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 have united to bring to life an ancient tradition, reawakening their ancestors' lines and sharing this knowledge with future generations."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781713701248 (FolletBound)
  • ISBN: 9781772271690
  • ISBN: 1772271691
  • Physical Description: 70 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map, color portraits ; 29 cm
  • Publisher: Iqaluit, Nunavut ; Inhabit Media Inc., [2017]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Map on lining papers.
Formatted Contents Note:
Participants in the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project: Denis Nowoselski -- Marjorie Tahbone -- Cora DeVos -- Adele Starr Ohokak -- Alisa Hivaruq Praamsma -- Angela Hovak Johnston -- April Hakpitok Pigalak -- Catherine Niptanatiak -- Cecile Nelvana Lyall -- Colleen Nivingalok -- Coral Nattit Westwood -- Daisy Nalikak Alonak -- Doreen Ayalikyoak Evyagotailak -- Jaime Dawn Kanagana Kudlak -- Janelle Angulalik -- Kanayok Klengenberg -- Kaoktok Algona -- Mary Angele Taletok -- Mary Ann Kilak Niptanatiak Westwood -- Matilda Panioyak -- Melissa MacDonald Hinanik -- Millie Navalik Angulalik -- Miranda Kopot Atatahak -- Nancy Nanegoak Kadlun -- Pitikhi -- Star Westwood -- Tanya Kavrak Adjukak Ongahak -- Theresa Papak Adamache -- Wynter Kuliktana Blais -- The Westwood Family.
Language Note:
Text in English only.
Subject: Tattooing > Canada, Northern.
Tattooing > Canada, Northern > Pictorial works.
Inuit women > Canada > Social life and customs.
Inuit women > Canada, Northern > Social life and customs.
Inuit > Canada > Social life and customs.
Inuit women > Canada.
Indigenous art > Canada, Northern.
Indigenous art.
Tatouage > Canada (Nord)
Tatouage > Canada (Nord) > Ouvrages illustrés.
Femmes inuites > Canada > Mœurs et coutumes.
Femmes inuites > Canada (Nord) > Mœurs et coutumes.
Inuits > Canada > Mœurs et coutumes.
Femmes inuites > Canada.
Art autochtone > Canada (Nord)
Inuit > Social life and customs.
Inuit women.
Northern Canada.
Kanada > Nord.
Genre: Illustrated works.
Illustrated works.

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