Museum Moment: Body Language Speaker Series #3: Dawn Marie Marchand and Keith Callihoo

When the Musée Héritage Museum planned the exhibition schedule for 2021, we were excited to have the opportunity to share the exhibition Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest with many visitors.  Unfortunately  our galleries are still closed due to Covid restrictions.

In order to share the message behind the exhibition, we created a speaker series to let people know about the importance of tattooing to the many Indigenous communities of the Northwest Coast and beyond.

Our speakers for the third and final event about cultural appropriation are Dawn Marie Marchand and Keith Callihoo. Dawn Marie Marchand is Cold Lake First Nation. A Cree and Metis Contemporary Aboriginal Artist and art activist. Keith Callihoo is Mohawk/Metis, Michel First Nation Treaty 6, a visual artist and cultural tattoo practitioner. They will be sharing their views on cultural appropriation in the art world and in the context of cultural tattooing.

The talk is on Saturday April 10, 2021 at 2PM MST. To register go to https://museeheritage.ca/

While you are visiting the website, you can also purchase the wonderful exhibition catalogue which is full of beautiful images and insight from the artists.

If you’re interested in more information about global Indigenous tattooing, we recommend checking out some episodes of Skindigenous on CBC. Keith Callihoo participated in the series and his episode will air in September 2021.

“Skindigenous is a 13-part documentary series exploring Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world. Each episode dives into a unique Indigenous culture to discover the tools and techniques, the symbols and traditions that shape their tattooing art. In this series, the art of tattoo becomes a lens for exploring some of the planet’s oldest cultures and their unique perspectives on life, identity, and the natural world.”

Visit Dawn Marie’s website to find out more about her practice and see her amazing art.

You can also access another of her talks about Art and Reconciliation on YouTube. Art and Reconciliation with Dawn Marie Marchand was part of the Amiskwaciy History Series.

For more insight into the exhibition itself, created by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, check out these links to articles and the activities of some of the participating artists.

Reawakening Cultural tattooing of the Northwest, Story by Emilee Gilpin

Body Language reclaims Indigenous tattooing from colonial suppression, Kevin Griffin

Earthline Tattoo Collective

If you have questions about the speaker series, exhibition catalogue or the Musée Héritage Museum please go to museeheritage.ca or call 780 459-1528.