Tatau, la culture d’un art

TATAU_01Tatau, la culture d’un art (Tatau, the culture of an art)

52 minutes, French Polynesia, 2014

French Version with English subtitles

Directed by Jean-Philippe Joaquim

Produced by Emotion & Polynésie 1ère

A history of beautiful tattoo designs in French Polynesia. Missionaries have long banned this once essential Polynesian social marking. Then the interdiction, internalised by the population, virtually deleted the memory of this now pretty much clandestine art. Thanks to Tavana Salmon, as part of the ‘cultural revival’ seeking identity at the end of the 1970s, it reappeared, inspired by preserved Marquesan patterns. Today it prevails in Polynesian society as well as being marketable outside.