Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest

Photo: Aaron Leon
Photo: Aaron Leon

body language

Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest takes a closer look at the rich history and artistry of Indigenous tattooing of the Northwest coast. Photographs, cultural belongings, and contemporary art reveal how these previously disrupted and banned traditions have endured through the efforts of the Indigenous artists featured in this exhibition. Experience their stories and celebrate the resilience of Indigenous tattoo practitioners and those who wear the visual language of their ancestors on their bodies. 


November 6, 2022 – April 16, 2023
Floor 2, Special Exhibit Gallery

Organized by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, this exhibition is co-curated by Nlaka’pamux tattoo artist and scholar Dion Kaszas, and supplemented with Burke Museum research, stories, and collections.

Exhibit Sponsors

The Jones Endowed Fund for the Arts
Marrella Fund
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.