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Class Date :

January 24 - March 14

Meeting Times :

Wed 9:30–11:30am (8 sessions)

Class Location :

Community Room

Instructor :

Tricia Allen

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About this Class:

Pacific Tattoo Traditions • AHTA181L01

Far more than bodily decoration, the tattoo was an integral aspect of nearly all Pacific Island cultures. Tattoos served specific purposes within the social and religious systems, sometimes conveying specific information to one’s community. This series of workshops provides entertaining and educational insights into the traditional tattoo in ancient Polynesia. Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), the Society Islands (Tahiti), the Marquesas, Hawai‘i and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) will be covered followed by a discussion of controversial issues with tattoo culture today. There will be no actual tattooing during this course.

Tricia Allen is a tattooist with an extensive background in Polynesian history. She has tattooed nearly 10,000 members of the Polynesian community, and also has an extensive academic background. Her work has taken her to Samoa, Aotearoa, New Caledonia, the Society Islands, the Marquesas and Rapa Nui, as well as numerous museums and institutions abroad. She has lectured for numerous institutions including the University of Wyoming, the UCLA School of Art, the Hawaiian Anthropological Association, the Honolulu Museum of Art, Bishop Museum, and the Peabody Museum at Salem, as well as  at numerous symposium and conferences. She is currently a lecturer on tattoo history and Pacific Island studies at Windward Community College.


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