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HWST 273: Tattoo Traditions of Polynesia (3 credits)

Course Description

An overview of the traditional tattoo practices of the various Polynesian islands within the context of the great Pacific. (3 hours lecture)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the migrations and the peopling of the Pacific focusing on ancestral connections and continuities in the tattoo practices of the Pacific peoples.
  • Identify primary and secondary source material and incorporate original documents in their analysis whenever possible.
  • Identify the cultural contexts and differences (both traditional and modern) among the tattoo styles of the primary Polynesian groups.

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