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TATTOOING AND ITS ROLE IN FRENCH-NATIVE AMERICAN RELATIONS IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY1

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Because of its Amerindian origin, tattooing offered a way for French officers to exist and to be recognized within the indigenous nations with which they associated. From a European perspective, one can compare tattooing to Amerindian baptism. Just as a tattooed officer left behind "civilization" to adopt a state of "savagery," a baptized Amerindian lost his savage state to join the Christian community. Both acts were rituals of adoption. However, one wonders whether the French accepted all of the implications of Amerindian rituals.

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									            TATTOOING AND ITS ROLE IN
       FRENCH–NATIVE AMERICAN RELATIONS
           IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY1

                                  Arnaud Balvay




Au XVIIIe siècle, le tatouage est pratiqué par toutes les nations amérindiennes.
Les motifs représentés et les fonctions de cet art sont multiples. Rapidement et
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