Burke Museum exhibit celebrates ‘Body Language’ of Indigenous tattoos

The Burke Museum’s special exhibit gallery feels like an escape. The latest exhibition, “Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest,” submerses visitors in traditional tattooing practices and their modern expressions.

The exhibit examines the rich history and artistry of Indigenous tattooing of the Northwest coast. Photographs, cultural belongings and contemporary art reveal how these previously disrupted and banned traditions have endured through artists’ efforts. “Body Language” celebrates the resilience of Indigenous tattoo practitioners and those who wear the visual language of their ancestors on their bodies. The exhibit runs through April 16.