HWST 273: Tattoo Traditions of Polynesia

Credits 3 Lecture Hours 3
An overview of the traditional tattoo practices of the various Polynesian islands within the context of the great Pacific.
Course Outcomes
  • 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.