Princess Daazharali Johnson (b. 1973)
West Bank, Jordan
I received my tattoo from Holly Nordlum in 2018 with my mother and Sarah Whalen-Lunn present. My mother was the first in our community to give herself traditional facial tattoos back in the ‘80s. Over the years, I grew to learn more and more, and, in retrospect, understand what a bold statement my mother was making in bringing back this beautiful Gwich'in practice. For me it is a deeply personal marker, not only of my womanhood, but also of my humanity. It’s an outward reminder to the world of the great diversity of our cultures and knowledge systems. For myself, it is a reminder of the spiritual path we journey upon, and it is continuity with the generations of women who came before me.