El Malpaís Scarf

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.

Inspired by the stark landscape of volcanic “badlands”, Dustin designed the dynamic pattern with the goal to share the beauty of Native American design and to advocate for thoughtful, collaborative partnerships between Native communities and the fashion and design industry.

  • Dimensions: 20"x70"
  • Contents: 100% virgin wool
  • Dry Clean
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    Dustin MartinNavajo Nation

    “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.”
    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.
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  • Made in the USA