Haida Tattoo Kit 1883

Lignite piece on a board.

Lignite piece on a board.

Collected by J.G. Swan in 1883
as part of a "Haida Tattooing Kit".

Swan wrote, 
"Lignite from Massett, BC used 
as paint, this is ground with 
dried salmon, eggs first chewed 
with cedar bark... 

For tattooing, 
ground in water,
July 1883

J G Swan"

Image © 2002 Lars Krutak    All rights reserved

Haida Tattoo Kit :: Examples of early Pacific N.W. tattoo designs :: Queen Charlotte Islands

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