This project provides a bank of primary sources on the Croatian tradition of Sicanje and Bocanje in the region of Central Bosnia and Herzegovina. The practice of Croatian Catholic tattooing in central Bosnia is referred to as Sicanje, Bocanje, or Saranje. Sicanje and Bocanje both mean “to prick” because the tattoos were and still are created through a process that involves the pricking of the skin with a needle. Saranje, the other term, means “coloring”, and this term is used because of the coloring matter used to produce the ink of the tattoo. Although this mixture does have variations from location to location, and throughout history, it is generally made with a gunpowder (or soot mixture) stirred with saliva, honey, water, or milk. The tradition of Sicanje in the Balkans has evolved out of a long existing tradition of tattooing in the area that was then re-attributed to Christianity as religious conversions began taking place. The practice itself can be traced as far back as to the Illyrians or Thracians. We have found Greek depictions of Illyrians on vases, showing their tattoos, and this was then further confirmed by archeological findings in the necropolises of Glasnica where some short and very pointed bronze needles fixed to a handle were discovered, which were used for tattooing. Two of the most influential scholars on this subject have been Dr. Ciro Truhelka and Edith Durham. Dr. Truhelka is a Croatian archeologist, historian and art historian who devoted much of his professional life to the study of the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Edith Durham, a British writer, became famous for her anthropological accounts of the Balkans in the 1920’s. These two scholars produced much of the credible research on this topic during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since then, there have not been many academic publications on the subject, particularly in a universal English language. The SICANJE project serves to provide a bank of primary sources on this tradition. About the Project Executor; Marija Maracic. Born in Kraljeva Sutjeska, a town in the municipality of Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maracic fled to Germany during the Yugoslav Wars. Her family eventually emigrating to the United States in 1999, where she finished out her schooling. She received her Masters in History specializing in Art History from Cleveland State University in 2016 and a dual Bachelors from Bowling Green State University prior to this in 2011. In 2018 she applied her Art History degree and expertise in photography to launch a non-profit cultural historical project; SICANJE. This project was executed in the summer of 2019 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the execution of this project, Maracic interviewed 23 women who were born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina who carry the Sicanje tradition. These interviews and images are found in this repository.