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How Did Sāmoan Tatau Survive 19th Century Missionization?

It took several weeks, but I finally got my hands on a copy Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot’s new book Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing. To get right to the main point, it is an exceptional book, from the … Continue reading

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Cultural Evolution and Pacific Tatau

I am excited by the prospects of returning to the field next summer to do more research, as I’ve been digging into relevant theory in cultural evolution that is, I believe, spot-on in outlining what is going on with the … Continue reading

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FAQ: Did You Get Any Tattoos At The Convention? Why Are You Tattooing Yourself?

All summer after our fieldwork for the Inking of Immunity project at the Northwest Tatau Festival (see video about our project here and follow along on Facebook here), I was asked the same two questions: did you get any tattoos … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 3)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. We had worried when the study started that we would have difficulty juggling multiple tattoo sessions with only two researchers because we only took along one bioimpedance analyzer … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 2)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. Michaela and I were despondent from cancellations and because we were collecting data on day two of multiple sleeves (a full arm tattoo) at one studio. Meaning, … Continue reading

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Malu is Like a Golden Ticket (Pt. 1)

Please consider contributing supporting the Inking of Immunity 2018 field season at Experiment.com/InkingImmunity. Prologue Instead of syllabus day, I read this story on the first day of my Fall 2017 Neuroanthropology class then launched right into the class. I’d never … Continue reading

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