January 24, 2008
New piece for Mary E. Black Gallery
Tattoos were seen in the Arctic mainly on the women's faces, originally to identify them during raids by other tribes. Because the women were the ones skilled at sewing flesh (in making clothing and footwear from animal skins) they were the ones who did the tattooing, usually using blue inks originating from their fire's soot. The pink written text is a journal entry from one of Frobisher's crew during the 1576 trip to Baffin Island reporting their first sighting of the natives.