Tatau, la culture d’un 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.