Films

Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos (Atuaqsiniq Inuit Tunninginnik)

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
2010 | 50 mins | Canada

A young woman’s quest to revive the ancient Inuit tradition of face tattooing becomes a riveting personal journey into the history of her culture. Inuit tattoos have been forbidden for a century and almost forgotten as Alethea Arnaquq-Baril tries to find out all she can before being tattooed herself. Meeting resistance from some of her fellow Inuit, she eventually finds a number of elders willing to talk about the tattoos, and the massive and sudden cultural changes that led to their decline.