Tatau/Tattoo: Embodying Resistance – Exhibit Opening Reception

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Tatau/Tattoo: Embodying Resistance – Exhibit Opening Reception says
“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

Join Wing Luke Museum for the opening reception of an exhibit about the practices and traditions of tattoos across the South Pacific. This exhibit was developed by a variety of community members whose voices, photographs and artifacts share the stories of the significance of tattooing, as ways to "water our cultural roots" and as resistance to colonialism and the erasure of history.

Opening reception features:
- words from Taylor Ahana-Jamile and Brianne Ramos, members of the Community Advisory Committee

- a spoken word performance from Kiana Fuega

- dance performances from Kalei & Ku'ulei Entertainment and the Pacific Islander student group at Federal Way High School

- light snacks and refreshments

Major Sponsors:
ArtsFund and Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheef Fund for the Decorative and Design Arts
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By: Wing Luke Museum

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