On view at the UNM Maxwell Museum of Anthropology


Indigenous Women: Border Matters features a timely look at four Indigenous women artists who speak to issues on both sides of the U.S. border. Their practice is guided by contemporary issues of identity, self-determination, human rights, and the impacts on the human experience. The works explore and question how Indigenous women interact with the land we inhabit. The layering of symbolism, meaning, deconstructing concepts, including memory, cultural heritage, and politics, form the basis of the exhibition by artists Makaye Lewis (Tohono O’odham), Daisy Quezada Ureña (Mexican-American), M. Jenea Sanchez (Latinx), and Gabriela Muñoz (Latinx).

Makaye Lewis states, “As a Tohono O’odham citizen, my art stems from environmental influences and my culture. I come from a Tribal nation on the border, and we never experienced removal from our traditional lands. I am comforted knowing that I am where I am meant to be. Still, I find discomfort in knowing the many issues that arise when an imaginary political line leaves half my reservation in the United States and half in Mexico.”

VIRTUAL OPENING (Recorded on Friday, March 19, 2021)

IN THE NEWS (Click titles to read)


Los Angeles Times – “Newsletter: Essential Arts: Indigenous views of the border in exhibitions in Arizona and New Mexico” July 31, 2021

Santa Fe Reporter – Digital-ish Picks: Week of March 17, 2021

Native American Art Magazine – Border Matters | February/March 2021 Edition, Issue 31