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Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree), <em>What Will I Say to the Sky and the Earth II</em>, 2019, print on aluminum, 1200 x 800 mm, photograph courtesy of the artist.

Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree), What Will I Say to the Sky and the Earth II, 2019, print on aluminum, 1200 x 800 mm, photograph courtesy of the artist.

The traveling exhibition Arctic Highways features 12 Indigenous artists from Sápmi (cultural region traditionally inhabited by the Sámi people) and North America, sharing stories of Indigenous people who live on different continents yet regard themselves as kindred spirits. Artworks explore what it means to be unbounded, pointing to the restrictions of political borders, often arbitrarily drawn without regard to landscapes that have been used by Sápmi and North American Indigenous cultures for thousands of years.

Arctic Highways includes photography, duodji (Sámi handicraft), sculpture, fiber art, and videos, offering viewers an opportunity to learn more about international Indigenous art and issues at play in Sápmi and the Arctic. Even though these artists hail from the far North, their art touches on themes that resonate deeply with many of MoCNA’s Native American communities in the Southwest. From border issues to land loss, to threats to the environment, and language and cultural preservation, these artists use their art to shed light on shared experiences and concerns.

Curated by Indigenous artists Tomas Colbengtson (Sámi, Sweden), Gunvor Guttorm (Sámi, Norway), Dan Jåma (Sámi, Norway), and Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sámi, Sweden), Arctic Highways includes their own works alongside those of artists Matti Aikio (Sámi, Finland), Stina Folkebrant (Sweden), Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Inupiaq, Athabaskan, Alaska), Maureen Gruben (Inuvialuk, Canada), Marja Helander (Sámi, Finland), Laila Susanna Kuhmunen (Sámi, Sweden), Olof Marsja (Sámi, Sweden), Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree), and Máret Ánne Sara (Sámi, Norway).

Accompanying Arctic Highways is a mural in MoCNA’s hallway created by Swedish artist Stina Folkebrant and IAIA alum David Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’17. Stina Folkebrant also collaborated with Arctic Highways artist Tomas Colbengtson on the installation Mygration, which will be on view in the exhibition. Folkebrant is known for her large-scale animal portraits and landscapes inspired by Chinese ink painting. Mural collaborator and painter David Naranjo creates designs for clothing and accessories, based on Pueblo pottery iconography that often refers to the Southwestern landscape and natural world.

Please join us for the public opening reception celebrating MoCNA’s upcoming exhibitions on August 16 from 5 pm–7 pm, with a special member-only preview with light hors d’oeuvres and spirits from 4 pm–5 pm. For more information on becoming a member, please contact Nuttaphol Ma at or (505) 428-5925.


Fri, August 16
Sun, March 2, 2025
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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)
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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Anne and Loren Kieve Gallery
108 Cathedral Place
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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(888) 922-4242