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OUTFIT DETAILS Mask: Tanae Wapskineh (Mvskoke); IG: @tanaedesigns White fur earrings: Dezbah Rose (Zoyaha, Anishinaabe, Diné) Denim top & graphic top: Mia Riddle (Choctaw); IG: @anubis_the_angel

“I think it’s important to keep passing on these visuals that come from my Native heritage.” other mediums to prevent getting burnt out tattooing all the time, such as beading, wood-burning, graphic design, silversmithing with her grandmother, and painting on jean jackets. “I spend a lot of time on my iPad, as going digital has been the biggest gamechanger in my tattoo techniques.” Nathalie makes it a point to make her Cherokee/Creek/ Salish-Kootenai/Colville heritages visible in her designs and artwork that utilize familiar elements or symbols. Even if it’s the focus of the entire design or in the smallest details, she somehow

incorporates her tribes’ beadwork patterns, pottery, clothing as references, animals or characters of stories, or the languages’ syllabi. Nathalie likes to tattoo the Uktena often, a popular horned serpent or dragon character in Cherokee stories. “Because of where I live, most of my art consists of Cherokee and Creek themes here in Oklahoma, whereas I’m beginning to learn more about my northern maternal tribes’ art on my Salish and Colville side from Montana and Washington,” she explains. “I think it’s important to keep passing on these visuals that come from my Native heritage.”

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Native Max Magazine - November/December 2020  

Welcome to the Native American Heritage Issue, featuring Muscogee Creek, Colville, Salish-Kootenai, and Cherokee tattoo artist and actress N...

Native Max Magazine - November/December 2020  

Welcome to the Native American Heritage Issue, featuring Muscogee Creek, Colville, Salish-Kootenai, and Cherokee tattoo artist and actress N...

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