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Monday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Inking Identity: Indigenous Tattoo Practices

November 10, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Local tattoo artist, author and activist, Stephanie Big Eagle will talk about the traditional Indigenous practice of hand poked tattooing and how both the practice of tattooing and the tattoo itself shape and reflect cultural identity. A partnership between Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Purdue University and Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission.

Stephanie Big Eagle was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is of Lakota, Dakota Sioux, Irish, Norse, and Mohawk decent. She is a Environmental and Indigenous Activist, and participated in the Standing Rock protest where she was taught the ancient practice of traditional handpoke tattoos. Her tattoo studio, Thunderbird Rising Studios, was opened in 2021.

This event is free to the public. Parking is also free on a first-come, first-served basis in the White River State Parking Garage just below the museum.

You are also welcome to attend the live event virtually here.

About Spirit and Place: The Spirit and Place Festival (Nov. 3-13) celebrates the powerful role the arts, humanities, and religion play in community life and is housed in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Learn more at

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.




November 10, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Eiteljorg Museum
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States