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Travois First Fridays featuring “Kéyah (Land)” by Dakota Mace (Diné (Navajo)
November 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Dakota Mace is a Diné (Navajo) artist from Albuquerque, NM. She received her MFA and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI and her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. She is currently pursuing a second MFA in Textile Design in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Her work focuses on translating the language of Diné weaving history as well as beliefs through different mediums and techniques. This serves as not only a different approach to cultural reclamation and preservation but also the importance of the meanings of the motifs used in her work. Mace feels that in order to understand a culture you must do so through design in order to understand the relationship to land and self. She continues to look to other cultures as forms of inspiration while teaching others about the importance of cultural appropriation in relation to Native American design. For Travois First Fridays, her exhibition will feature 15 of her works.
Travois First Fridays: Travois supports American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities and tribes in achieving their vision for economic and community development. Over 23 years, Travois has secured $1.3 billion dollars for affordable housing, education, health services, water infrastructure, and climate adaptation in Indian Country.