Embodying ResistanceNov 5 2015 - Oct 9 2016
The ancient tradition of tattoo continues to be practiced to this day throughout the Pacific Islands and the Philippines, a living reminder of the history and ancestral connections across the islands. Hear the unique perspectives from Tatak ng Aat Alon (Mark of the Four Waves) Tribe, a nationwide indigenous Filipino group, and see rare artifacts such as tattoo instruments from Fiji and Belau.
“Our words for blood are toto, eleele, and palapala. Eleele and palapala are also our terms for earth, soil, mud. We are therefore made of earth. Our blood, which keeps us alive, is earth. So when you are tatauing the blood, the self, you are reconnecting it to the earth, reaffirming that you are earth. The tatau and malu are not just beautiful decoration, they are scripts-texts-testimonies to do with relationships, order, form, and so on.Tatau became defiant texts or scripts of nationalism and identity. Much of the indigenous was never colonized, tamed, or erased.” – Samoan poet and writer Albert Wendt
2014, Courtesy of the Beverly Segi
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