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Tunniit: Retracing The Lines Of Inuit Tattoos

October 27, 2019, 7:15 PM


Tunniit: Retracing The Lines Of Inuit Tattoos is the personal, poignant, and political documentary from Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (whose film Angry Inuk won the Audience Award at Hot Docs 2016). Inuit traditional face tattoos have been forbidden for a century, and almost forgotten. Arnaquq- Baril, together with longtime friend and activist Aaju Peter, is determined to uncover the mystery and meaning behind this beautiful ancient tradition. Together they embark on an adventure through Arctic communities, speaking with elders and recording the stories of a once-popularized female art form. Past meets present in this intimate account of one woman’s journey towards self-empowerment and cultural understanding.

There will be a Q&A with Barry Dana, former chief of the Penobscot Nation, and Professor of Art Véronique Plesch and Faulty Fellow in American Studies Amber Hickey. A reception will follow. Free and open to the public.

Cosponsored by the Art and the Anthropology departments, the American Studies Program, Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Colby Museum of Art.


October 27, 2019
7:15 PM


Deb Thurston


Railroad Square Cinema
17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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