Traditional Tattooing in Kahnawake
Written by Paul on January 21, 2020
Kahnawake’s Kanentokon Hemlock will be featured on the APTN Season premiere of Skindigenous tonight at 8:30. The show is written and directed by another Kahnawakeronon, acclaimed filmmaker Roxann Whitebean. Hemlock has revived traditional tattooing in the last two years in the community. “It was such a huge part of our tradition and our culture, but because of colonization, I don’t want to say it went underground, it totally went dormant. So to be able to revive this tradition in a traditional way, to me it’s really important to bringing that part of our culture back. But it’s also a form of decolonizing and empowering,” Hemlock said.