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Indigenous Tattooing Action Held in Solidarity with Secwepemc Land Defenders

When: July 7 & July 8, 2018
Where: North Thompson provincial park, Unceded Secwepemc Territory


On July 7 th and 8 th of 2018 Indigenous cultural tattoo practitioners, tattoo artists, land defenders and allies will gather to practice the art of cultural tattooing. This tattooing action is being held at this specific location to bring awareness to the potential devastating results to the North Thompson River and all of the waterways found within Secwepemcul’ecw along the proposed twining of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. We are gathering in solidarity with Secwepemc Land Defenders as they assert their sovereign title and rights within Secwepemcul’ecw. Occupation, stewardship and jurisdiction of this portion of the North Thompson River by Secwepemc is verified by the largest known encampment in this area which consisted of at least 37 pit-houses.


The practice of ancestral tattooing by Indigenous peoples today is a powerful declaration of our continued existence, pride and struggle. The wearing of our ancestral marks is an assertion of our rights, responsibilities and relationship to the earth and all that is. The moment we mark ourselves with designs inspired by our ancestors we are taking a stand against the destructive, genocidal, assimilative forces that have been enacted upon us by the government of Canada.


We are asking for your support in our work to protect our lands, our waterways, our rights and our continued existence as Secwepemc, Nlaka’pamux, Indigenous peoples, and peoples of mother earth. This struggle begins with Secwepemc sovereignty over Secwepemcul’ecw and continues onto the collective struggle of humanity for the protection of our right to fresh clear water, land to exist as peoples of the earth, and our rights as human beings.

Kanenhariyo LeFort  Mohawk Nation  Bear Clan
If you are a cultural tattoo practitioner or tattoo artists committed to defending the land and water we ask for your solidarity with us. You can show your solidarity for this struggle through your attendance at this event and/or give and donate here, or PayPal or EMT:  kanahusmanuel@gmail.com 

If you are an Indigenous artist or Individual committed to defending the land and water we ask for your solidarity with us. You can show your solidarity for this struggle through your attendance at this eventand/or give and donate here, or PayPal or EMT: kanahusmanuel@gmail.com

If you are a land defender or water protector we ask for your solidarity with us. You can show your solidarity for this struggle through your attendance at this event and/or give and donate here, or PayPal or EMT: kanahusmanuel@gmail.com


If you are an ally to this struggle we ask for your solidarity with us. You can show your solidarity for this struggle through your attendance at this event and/or give and donate here, or PayPal or EMT: kanahusmanuel@gmail.com 

 

We need your help with:
1. The sponsorship of our confirmed cultural tattoo practitioners and tattoo
artists, elders and knowledge keepers.
 Airfare
 Food
 Accommodation
2. Food and food preparation
3. Tattooing supplies
4. Event tents and chairs

 

The following Cultural Tattoo Practitioners and Tattoo Artists are Confirmed.

    1. Kanahus Manuel, Secwepemc / Ktunaxa <> Handpoke & Skin Stitch Tattoo
    2. Dion Kaszas, Nlaka’pamux <> Handpoke & Skin Stitch Tattoo
    3. Maanii Oakes, Swampy Cree Anishnabek <> Handpoke & Skin Stitch Tattoo
    4. Kanenhariyo LeFort, Mohawk Nation, Bear Clan <> Handpoke Tattoo
    5.  Antonio Mejia, Raramuri/Xicano Nation, Los Angeles, California <> Handpoke Tattoo
    6. Xiucoatl Mejia, Raramuri/Xicano Nation, Los Angeles, California <> Handpoke Tattoo 

If you would like to book an appointment with them please send a message to them
directly.

Maanii Oakes, Handpoke & Skin Stitch Tattoo Artist, Swampy Cree Anishnabek

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