About me Heidi Lucero-
Miiyuyam my name is Heidi Lucero and I am Acjachemen and Mutsun Ohlone, both of these tribes are from California. This website was developed as part of my Masters in Cultural Sustainability capstone project. As a wearer of the cultural chin tattoo I have realized that there is a huge gap in knowledge about the practice within the Indigenous community in California and other areas of North America. This knowledge gap is what brought me to this project. After the negative reactions from my immediate family and the lack of knowledge among my tribe, I found it important to research and bring forward the information in an accessible platform. My background is in Anthropology and American Indian Studies. The methodology was something that was very important with this project as I did not was to continue the cycle of extracting information from Indigenous communities and not returning it. That being said, I took no ownership to any of the material gleaned from the interviews. My interviewee were only giving me permission to share their personal stories and their involvement in the revitalization of chin tattooing in Indigenous California.