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MARKED FOR LIFE: AN INDIGENOUS TATTOO REAWAKENING | | LARS KRUTAK
COVER IMAGE: Michael Galban (Washoe-Mono Lake Paiute) tattooing Kanentokon Hemlock (Mohawk). Photo courtesy of the artist. *Article originally published in First American Art Magazine 13:31-37. Winter Issue 2016/17. Revised May 2018. THE SENECA ART AND CULTURE CENTER AT GANONDAGAN State Historical Site is the location of a 17th-century Indigenous town near Victor, New York. In its heyday, this Haudenosaunee community was a large one by local standards, with a population of some 4,000 people living in approximately 150 bark longhouses. In summer 2009, a small group of historical reenactors led by Ganondagan public historian and rurator Michael Galban (Washoe-Mono Lake Paiute) recreated the 1669 visit to the settlement by French explorer René-Robert Cavalier, sieur de La Salle. Dressed in authentic 17th-century clothing, reenactors representing Haudenosaunee villagers and colonial settlers, Jesuit priests, and Dutch traders converged on the site to present the most historically