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Inking of Immunity Episode 11. Maya Sialuk pt. 2: The Myths Behind the Markings

Owens, Rebecca, Lynn, C. D. and Smetana, M. R. A. (2022) Inking of Immunity Episode 11. Maya Sialuk pt. 2: The Myths Behind the Markings. [Audio]

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From Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland and currently resides in Svendborg, Denmark.
Maya Sialuk is a traditional Inuit tattoo artist, private researcher in Inuit's intangible culture and religion, teacher and lecturer and has over 20 years of experience in the tattoo profession. In 2010, she founded the tattoo and research project Inuit Tattoo Traditions.
Inuit Tattoo Traditions covers the Inuit territories in Greenland, Canada and Alaska
Research and the work towards cultural preservation fill much of Maya Sialuk's everyday life. She is interested in research ethics as well as ethical issues surrounding the use of cultural heritage. Both when it comes to outsiders and cultural members.
As an artist, Maya Sialuk works on the topic of cultural anchoring and ethical use of cultural heritage. She conveys the reflections her research leads to.
In 2021, Maya Sialuk will be exhibiting at the exhibition Verden Er I Dig at Charlottenborg in Copenhagen and and at the Nordic House in Reykjavik. Also she will do numerous public talks on Inuit immaterial culture as well as co authoring on a number of articles on the subject of tattoo history research and the archaeology of body modification.

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Additional Information: Inking of Immunity Podcast is produced and cohosted by Chris Lynn, Becci Owens, and Mike Smetana. Kira Yancey is the editor and producer. We are tattoo researchers talking to other tattoo researchers and practitioners. IoI is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (BCS-2017553) and the Universities of Alabama (USA) and Sunderland (UK). Follow us on Facebook (Inking.of.Immunity), Twitter (Inking_Immunity), and Instagram (Inking.of.Immunity).
Depositing User: Rebecca Owens


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Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2024 09:55
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 09:55


Author: Rebecca Owens ORCID iD
Author: C. D. Lynn ORCID iD
Author: M. R. A. Smetana

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