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Indigenous Body Adornment     

by Art History 309 - Spring 2009

Matutaera Tawhiao - the 2nd Maori King


In this Wiki the students of UW Art History 309A have collaborated to create an encyclopedia of meanings, symbolisms, and examples of indigenous body adornment.   Each team has taken a topic or geographic region and individuals have contributed their research to the wiki.  Dig through the layers for loads of information provided by your classmates.


Team Folders & Pages:

Polynesian Tattoo - group 1

Native American Adornment

Japanese and Korean Adornment

Asian Tattoo and Adornment


African Adornment

Polynesian Tattoo - group 2


Team Readings 



Class Information:

Go to Sign-up Sheet for Personal Adornment Presentation

Go to Class Wiki Assignment page.

Go to Team Introduction and Overview to see how your team folder should be organized.

Go to Tips and Ideas page


Class Blog- a place to add thoughts, files, or questions.



Possible Team Research Topics

by Region:

South American

     (Canela, Kayapo)


     (Maya, Aztec, Inca)


Native America


     (Yupik, Alutiiq, Inuit)


     (Japan, Ainu, China)

Southeast Asia

     (Phillipines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Malaysia)

Early European/Christian



     (Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Tonga)



New Guinea


By Topic:

Appropriation - "Tribal Tattoos" & Cultural Property

     (in modern times or as taken on from sailors in Polynesia in the 18th century)





Head shaping

Dental Alteration

Body/Face Painting








Other useful links:

AH309 Wiki Assignment

Wikis - Scholarly or Popular content?


Comments (1)

boselw@u.washington.edu said

at 12:58 pm on Apr 2, 2009

Here is an interesting article pointing to an evolutionary genesis for art. http://www.washington.edu/alumni/columns/march09/art.html

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