Lasting Impressions: Body Art in the Ancient Americas
October 1, 2011 through March 4, 2012
Piercings, tattoos, scarification, and even reshaped heads were held in high regard in many Pre-Columbian cultures. Such permanent changes were thought to make the body beautiful, strong, and powerful. Often steeped in ceremony, body transformations were associated with lasting changes in the identity of the wearer. Lasting Impressions presents three thousand years of body art practices in the ancient Americas.