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Delving into dying cultures in Edwards

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

EDWARDS, Colorado – The mother of a recently tattooed teenager might disagree, but body art links traditional indigenous and modern societies. At least that’s what National Geographic Fellow and photojournalist Chris Rainier discovered with his film “Tattoo Odyssey.” In the film, Rainier delves into disappearing worlds, documenting the last speakers of dying languages and the last keepers of threatened cultures. The film “Tattoo Odyssey” looks at the symbolism and meaning of tattoos and the unexpected bond they represent between old and present-day societies. The film is one of the many Mountainfilm in Telluride documentaries to be screened at the Expeditionary Learning FilmFest at Battle Mountain High School Saturday night.

Rainier’s work has chronicled disappearing tribes and cultures from across the planet and been published in Time, Conde Nast, National Geographic, The New York Times, and more.

The theme “Challenging Traditions: Culture, Religion and Economy” will be highlighted at the documentary discussion segment of tonights FilmFest. Local professionals Michael Wasmer and Shelley Fishbein will moderate a discussion related to the relevance of traditional cultural symbols and modern life. Tickets for the discussion are $30 per person and can be purchased online at or at the door at Battle Mountain High School. For more information about the event, call 970-328-2755.

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