A collection of local tattoos is coming to Kanesatke

Kanehsata’kehró: non Margie Canadian was circulating on Facebook last year when she saw an advertisement for a 2021 indigenous tattoo collection in Tiendanga. The event aroused his interest, but he left it that way.

When he later received a phone call from an acquaintance inviting him to leave, he took the opportunity, although he did not know much about traditional practice.

It was hot when he and his two companions came to the party, but they were amazed at what they found there. “It was just the most beautiful thing we have ever seen,” said Kanadyan. “The first thing that came to our mind was that we had to bring this to Kanesatke, because it was all about skén: nen – peace.”

When he returned home, he came up with the idea of ​​a group of women to whom he belonged, a group of land defenders who were committed to protecting Pines.

“We jumped upside down, not knowing who was coming, who was going to help us, where we were going to get the money from,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. “We just knew.” The Cannes Traditional Tattoo Gathering 2022 is now scheduled for August 6-7 in the community, with more information coming soon.

Kanadyan emphasized that the event is different from “powwow”. it is aimed directly at Onkwehón: we, և participants must register.

“This is a gathering of indigenous peoples,” he said. “We are bringing back a part of our history that was almost lost. We want to bring it back to our people.” He also hopes to shed positive light on the community.

“It seems that bad things always become news,” he said. “Kanesatake is more than that, more than all the nonsense that always seems to be at the forefront of the news.”

Event organizers are currently selling 100 club tickets to raise money for the forum, which will provide a forum for artists who use traditional tattoo techniques such as hand piercing.

Akwesasne tattoo artist Mercedes Terrance will take part in the Kanesatake gathering with his student. He uses professional, individually stamped needles և branded inks to pierce by hand և to do machine work.

“The piercing of the hand is delicate, delicate and unique. This method of tattooing is a slower process, but it is not negative. “It’s a great opportunity for meditation and reflection,” he said.

“Traditional Haudenosaunee hand tattoos are very important to me because the ink carried the stories of our ancestors; everything we have achieved or earned in our lives has been implanted in our skin.”

This mood is repeated by other traditional tattoo practitioners.

“For me, it has to do with the resilience of our people. These signs were there before contact, before colonization, ”said Gillian Prince, 23, of Anaginabe / Ojibway, Matagami’s first nation.

They are the only people in their community who know how to learn to apply a traditional tattoo.

“I want to encourage any young native who wants to get marks or wants to learn how to do a tattoo, skin stitch, any of the above, just do it,” they said. They added that the tattoo gave them a new look at their lives.

In Kanesatake և Many in Kanavake are already looking forward to attending the gathering.

“I do not know much about it, but I’m excited to know more,” said Kanehsata’kehró: non Wahsontiiohstha Nelson, who hopes to get a tattoo on her arm. “I think it’s important for people to be educated about traditional cultural practices,” said Veronica Montur. “Who knows, maybe someone will be interested enough to learn the technique in our own communities, or it could become an annual gathering.”

Or there is more work to be done, the organizers have already found tents, baths, a site – they are planning to send calls for volunteers to a closer date.

“I just want people to come and try it,” said Kanadyan. “It’s for our people, Onkwehón: we.”


Marcus Bancouti, Journalist at the ArJelyan Door Local Journalism Initiative

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