This 101-Year-Old Tattoo Artist Is the Last of Her Kind


– [Narrator] High up in the Cordillera
mountains in the Philippines,
in the village of Buscalan, lives a woman
who is the last of her kind.
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(bustling village)
– Mambabatok is the name
given to the traditional
tattoo artist of the Kalinga ethnic group.
The artists are masters of
their thousand-year-old trade.
Originally giving tattoos to
warriors who won in battle.
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(tapping)
– Every year thousands of
tourists make the journey
to see Whang-Od and get
one of her famous tattoos.
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– Whang-Od is now the last
mambabatok, but she’s teaching
her grand niece to carry
on the family tradition.
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