Yukoners reclaim culture through traditional Tlingit tattooing

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Eight brave Yukoners put needle to skin, many for the first time, as part of a Tlingit tattoo workshop at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, this past week. 

For workshop leader Anne Spice, the event Wednesday was an opportunity to reintegrate Tlingit tattooing as a cultural practice in Whitehorse.

“[Tattooing] is a very old practice for a lot of Indigenous peoples,” Spice said.

But many Indigenous peoples have been cut off from traditional tattooing practices due to colonial policies like the potlatch ban.

Spice said that means there aren’t many visual documentations of Indigenous tattoos.

Two women who took part in the workshop display their hand-poked tattoos. (Maya Lach-Aidelbaum/CBC)

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