Native Art + Portland

Dustin Martin and I have been working on this event for almost two years now. Join us in celebrating the beauty of Native designduring Native American Heritage month at Union Pine.

When: November 6th

Time: 6pm to 10pm

Address: Union/Pine - 525 SE Pine St Portland, OR 97214


About the Event:

NATIVE(X) teamed up with Albuquerque-based artist Dustin Martin and Pendleton Woolen Mills to create our El Malpaís Collection, a series of limited-edition products to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

The collection began with a dynamic pattern inspired by the stark landscape of volcanic “badlands”. Designed by Dustin and woven by the Pendleton team, the pattern adorns a collection of products from five of our favorite Portland-based purveyors: Beam & Anchor, Harding & Wilson, Lift Label, Tanner Goods, and Wood & Faulk.

The goal of the El Malpaís Collection is to share the beauty of Native American design and to advocate for thoughtful, collaborative partnerships between Native communities and the fashion and design industry.

About Dustin Martin:

Dustin spent his early days enjoying the vast outdoor sanctuaries that surround Gallup, New Mexico- “Indian Capital of the World”. He ran track and cross-country through high school and college in Albuquerque and New York City, respectively. Today, in addition to making art, he serves as program director for Wings of America, a youth-development organization that works with student-athletes throughout Indian Country. His job and passion for running affords him the opportunity to experience the geographic and cultural diversity of the United States. He shares this appreciation through his work while reminding audiences that time and culture draw no borders. He views this collaboration with NATIVE(X) as a way to express pride in where he comes from and resolve to test boundaries.

Artist Statement

“Landmarks are the objects of memory that lend authority to the People’s creation story. The pattern and colors in this design remind me of the volcanic fields of El Malpaís on the trail between Zuni and Acoma. Navajos say this lava bed is the coagulated blood of Yé’iitsoh, a giant who terrorized people drinking from the spring at the foot of Tzoodził (Mt. Taylor). My elders tell me that the giant was slain there by the mythical Monster Slayer Twins, before the world was a place for humans to thrive. With the twins’ victory in mind, I will wear this pattern with thanks. It reminds me to appreciate the ability to safely explore Dinétah and admire the clean geometry of the Colorado Plateau.”

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