Tattoo Traditions of Native North America


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  • USED COPY with inscription/author’s signature – see condition report below!
  • 256 pages
  • 11 x 8.5 inches (large format)
  • Illustrated with more than 500 color and black and white images
  • First book to examine the Indigenous tattoo history of the entire North American continent
  • Chapters: Arctic & Subarctic, Northwest Coast & Plateau, California & Southwest, Great Plains, and
    Eastern Woodlands
  • Designs from around Native North America offer tattoo enthusiasts many new ideas
  • Fully referenced and indexed
  • Hard Cover Bound
  • 3.5 pounds weight
  • ISBN 9789491394096
  • LM Publishers (published June 16, 2014)
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  • CONDITION: This is a used copy that was signed to an individual but the name is covered by (2) small stickers bearing an X and TATTOO. Small bumps and chips around the edges of the cover. One small tear to bottom of spine (1/2 inch) and another at top of spine (1/4 inch). Interior clean and bright; a few pencils marks have been erased. On inside cover, the inscription includes three lines of text in black ink and author’s signature dated October 1, 2014, Washington, D.C. Overall a good+ copy. New copies selling for $100+ on Amazon. 


For thousands of years astonishingly rich and diverse forms of tattooing have been produced by the Indigenous peoples of North America. Long neglected by anthropologists and art historians, tattooing was a time-honored traditional practice that expressed the patterns of tribal social organization and religion, while also channeling worlds inhabited by deities, spirits, and the ancestors. TATTOO TRADITIONS OF NATIVE NORTH AMERICA explores the many facets of indelible Indigenous body marking across every cultural region of North America. As the first book on the subject, it breaks new ground on one of the least-known mediums of Amerindian expressive culture that nearly disappeared from view in the twentieth century, until it was reborn in recent decades. Text in English.

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Books also available through University of Washington Press and Amazon.

For the 2015 book review in “News From Native California” click HERE!

“Tattoo Traditions of Native North America begins to fill the void in the global record of traditional tattooing practices. . . . This volume provides a depth of cultural understanding rarely seen in conversations about tattooing in North America.”

-Rhonda Dass, Anthropos (2015)