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Discover the Maamawi: Tattoo Gathering, an extraordinary celebration of Indigenous art and culture. On October 20th at Hart House, immerse yourself in a day of creativity and community.

Join us for a day of art, culture, and community. Maamawi: Tattoo Gathering is where tradition meets modernity, where creativity flourishes, and where Indigenous voices and visions take center stage. Be a part of this extraordinary event and celebrate the richness of Indigenous art and heritage.

This event is open to everyone, with a special focus on Indigenous youth empowerment through tattoo artistry. It's a day of creativity, culture, and connection that promises to leave a lasting impression.

Key Highlights

Experience the art of tattooing with sessions that are entirely free of cost. Please note that due to popularity, tattoo registration is now closed. We encourage everyone to come through and join the fesitivities on the day. 

  • Culinary Delights: Savor a culinary journey featuring game meats and delightful dishes, served for free. Explore the fusion of traditional and urban flavors.
  • Live DJ: Groove to the beats of a live DJ, Classic Roots, adding a rhythmic vibe to the event's atmosphere. Dance, connect, and celebrate together.
  • Indigenous Makers Market: Shop at the Indigenous makers market, offering a diverse array of goods crafted with passion and artistry. Support local artisans and take-home unique treasures.
  • Urban Indigenous Culture: Maamawi brings Indigenous culture to urban spaces. Join us around the sacred fire, guided by respected elders, in a traditional opening circle. It's a day of connecting, honoring, and sharing.

Meet the Tattoo Artists

Meet the Art Market Vendors

        A list of artists will be available soon.

Event Priority Statement

The Maamawi: Tattoo Gathering welcomes everyone to celebrate Indigenous art and culture. Priority for tattooing sessions is reserved for Indigenous youth aged 18-29, fostering cultural pride and intergenerational connection. We appreciate your understanding in supporting this inclusive approach.

Event Substance Use Policy

During the event, the space is a sacred ceremony area. To honor its sanctity, individuals under the influence of substances will be denied entry or asked to leave. Your respect for this policy is essential in preserving the sanctity, safety, and reverence of this space at the Maamawi: Tattoo Gathering.


Native Child and Family Services
First Nations House
Tribal Lands
Native Youth Resource Centre

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Fri, Oct 20, 2023
  • Time & Duration: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (EST) (9h)
  • Cost:
    • All Guests


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Great Hall (1022)
  • Event Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

What's On

  1. Jun 15  – Jul 12
  2. Jun 15  – Jun 30
  3. Jun 15 – Jul 27
  4. Jun 17 – Jul 22
  5. Jun 18 – Jul 27
  6. Jun 19 – Jul 27
  7. Jun 19 – Aug 7
  8. Wed, Jun 19