Tatau: Marks of Polynesia

Exhibition Website

Jul 30 2016 - Jan 8 2017

Tatau: Marks of Polynesia will present the 2,000-year-old origins and current practices of Samoan tattoo tradition in the land of its inception, with particular emphasis on the influential Sulu’ape family and their disciples.

The JANM exhibition will explore the beauty of tatau as well as its key role in the preservation and propagation of Samoan culture. The spread of the art form outside of Samoa and some of its more contemporary applications will be demonstrated with photographs taken in New Zealand, Hawai‘i, California, and Nevada.

Exhibition overview from the JANM website

  • Decorative Arts
  • Indigenous

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