Travois featuring Dakota Mace, Diné (Navajo) as part of First Fridays art series in Kansas City, Missouri

Na’ashch’ąą’ I
Digital Archival Print
24” x 24”

Published October 23, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With a focus on North American Indigenous artists, Travois First Fridays jurors selected nine professionals to share their artwork as part of a visual art exhibition series at the Travois office in the Crossroads Art District, 310 W. 19th Terr. in Kansas City, MO. The next First Fridays event will be on Friday, November 2, with Dakota Mace, Diné (Navajo) and her exhibition: “Kéyah (Land).”

“Diné (Navajo) culture is centered on wool, the landscape, and the concept of Hózhó (balance). Within Diné culture, there is a symmetry that exists within fours; four sacred mountains, four cardinal directions, four sacred colors and the Na’ashjéii Asdzáá (Spider Woman) motif with four points,” Mace said. “The importance of Kinetáh (land) relies on a grid to weave a sacred intersection of threads that connects Dinétah (Navajo people) through Naalyéhé (materials) and Dįį́’́(four). My own work centers on this concept by essentializing certain aspects of Navajo weaving traditions and translating it through handmade paper, beadwork and weaving.”

“Dakota Mace’s upcoming exhibition is titled “Kéyah (Land),” Travois President Phil Glynn said. “Her work promotes the importance of land and its ability to connect people. Her message is an important one that Kansas City needs to hear. I am excited to host Dakota Mace on November 2 as our featured Travois First Friday artist.”

Dakota Mace is a Diné (Navajo) artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her MFA and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin and her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is currently pursuing a second MFA in Textile Design in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mace’s work focuses on re-interpreting the symbolic abstractions of Diné creation stories and cosmologies using a combination of traditional and nontraditional materials. She has taken elements from her culture and has presented them in a way that translates to the deeper meaning behind Diné weaving culture. 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.

For Travois First Fridays, her exhibition will feature 16 of her works. Learn more on her website, Facebook, Instagram,Flickr and 500px.


On November 2 and following First Fridays dates listed on the Travois website, Travois will be open to the public from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Preregistration is available on the Travois website at Mace will give a brief artist talk to introduce her work at 6:30 p.m.

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