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Reclaiming Identity


Aug 26, 2022 – Jan 8, 2023
Opening Night: Aug 26 | 5-8pm
Opening Night FREE and Open to the Public!
Main and Mezzanine Galleries, 1st and 2nd Floors

This exhibition explores the complexity of blood quantum and the issues it produces for Indigenous People and their descendants. Blood quantum is a method of measurement used to determine Indigenous identity by percentage or affiliation to a tribe implemented by the U.S. federal government in the 1900s.

Each artist tells their story of identity and what it means to take control and preserve their culture. Through the themes of borders, family lineage, shared histories, colonization, and assimilation, the artists respond to blood quantum in their artwork and demonstrate how they are reclaiming their Indigenous cultures.

FREE to museum members. Learn about museum membership, starting at $15/year.

Field Trips & Group Tours Visitors of all ages and abilities are welcome to experience TMA with guided discussion and engaging art projects.

Thank you to our exhibit sponsor!


Dakota Mace

Dakota Mace (Diné) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on translating the language of Diné history and beliefs. Mace received her MA and MFA degrees in Photography and Textile Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BFA in Photography from the Institute of American Indian Arts. As a Diné (Navajo) artist, her work draws from the history of her Diné heritage, exploring the themes of family lineage, community, and identity. In addition, her work pushes the viewer’s understanding of Diné culture through alternative photography techniques, weaving, beadwork, and papermaking.

She has also worked with numerous institutions and programs to develop dialogue on the issues of cultural appropriation and the importance of Indigenous design work. She is currently a grad advisor in painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the photographer for the Helen Louise Allen Textile Center and the Center of Design and Material Culture.

Her work as an artist and scholar has been exhibited nationally and internationally at various conferences, collectives, museums, and galleries, including: Textile Society of America, Weave a Real Peace, Indigenous Photograph, 400 Year Project, Wright Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, Kemper Museum of Art, and the Wallach Art Gallery.

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