Tattoos: Social and Sacred Art Form

Event Details

Date: September 07, 2014

Time: 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm

Location: Helmerich Center, PACCAR Classroom

Cost: $0.00

Contact: Gilcrease Museum 918-596-2700


Part of the Helmerich Center Opening Weekend Celebration

Eric Singleton, assistant curator of anthropology for Gilcrease Museum, will discuss how for thousands of years, Native Americans used tattoos to express sacred knowledge, rites of passage, and social identity. He will explore the history of tattooing in North America using ethnographic sources from the Helmerich Center for American Research and objects from the Gilcrease Museum Archaeology Collection to detail the rise and evolution of tattooing from ancient Native America to the present.

Free and open to the public.

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