Friday, January 7, 2011

I was about to delete this account, but thought maybe it's best to leave a note to tell you where I've moved instead.

If you'd like to find out more about Inuit tattooing, or Unikkaat Studios Inc. or Alethea, or all of the above, please go to my new site:



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tunnittaarumajunga - I want to get face tattoos

My name is Alethea-Ann Aggiuq Arnaquq-Baril, and I'm from Iqaluit, Nunavut. This blog will be about my personal journey to research traditional Inuit tattoos before I get them.

In my dialect of Inuktitut:
"kakiniit" means "tattoos"
"tunniit" means "face tattoos"

This coming August, I will be getting tunniit. I've been trying to research Inuit tattooing for years now, but there is very very little existing research about this topic, so it can be quite frustrating. I've done a few elder interviews over the last couple of years, but I'm about to travel all over Nunavut in the next month and a half to interview as many elders as I can about traditional tattoos. It's taken almost 4 years to get the funding together to go on this trip, and now I'm FINALLY ready to start traveling! I leave this week.

First stop: IGLOOLIK!!!