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SXSW 2020

Cultural Revival: Philippine Script and Tattooing

There are over 100 million Filipinos in the world, and less than ten traditional tattoo practitioners. These same Filipinos lost their indigenous writing system in the 19th century with only one tribe left still writing. Two Filipino-Americans, Lane Wilcken, and Kristian Kabuay are at the forefront of the revival.

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  1. Learn about how writing systems are a cultural identifier Learn about meanings of tattoo patterns interpreted by metaphors
  2. Learn about prePhilippine cultural practices in the diaspora Learn about the complexities of promoting indigenous cultural practice in America
  3. Techniques on starting and managing a grassroots advocacy with community, government, and businesses.



Natalia Roxas, Filipino Gastronomy Advocate/Photographer, Filipino Kitchen

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: Connection & Culture
  • Level: Advanced
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