Dion Kaszas

Part-time Instructor
  • M.A., University of British Columbia (Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies with a specialization in Indigenous Studies)
  • B.A., University of British Columbia (Indigenous Studies)
2021-2022 Courses
  • Decolonizing Community Development (Fall 2021)
Scholarly Interests & Expertise
My scholarly interests are an extension of my work in the revival of Nlaka’pamux ancestral tattooing practices, and my commitment to the communities I am connected to
  • Indigenous Tattoo Revival
  • Nlaka'pamux Visual and Material Culture
  • Indigenous Research Methods and Methodologies
  • Decolonization and Indigenization
  • Indigenous Arts
Did You Know?
  • I am a professional tattoo artists and a leader in the revival of Indigenous tattooing in the nation state of Canada.
  • I was the guest curator for the award winning exhibition, Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest.
  • My work has been featured in Skindigenous, a 3 season documentary series produced in association with APTN exploring Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world and the FOX Nation series USA Ink.
Highlights of Scholarly Work
  • I edited the exhibition catalogue for Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, and wrote a chapter entitled, “Echoes of the Ancestors: Inherited Knowledge and Responsibilities.” (2018)
  • I am co-authoring a book chapter, for The Oxford Handbook of the Archeology and Anthropology of Body Modification. With my friend and colleague Lars Krutak entitled, “One Mark at A Time: An Anthropo-Indigenous History of Tattooing.”
  • Currently editing a co-authored book chapter for New Approaches to Rock Art in Canada: Indigenous Knowledge’s, Sacred Landscapes and Cultural Heritage. With my friend and colleague Angela Clyburn entitled, “Since Time Immemorial: Documenting Rock Art and Continuing its Legacy Through Modern Tattooing.”