2023 New Mexico Arts Artist Residency - Bosque Redondo Memorial Historic Site
DezBaa' and David Henderson
DezBaa' (Diné) is an accomplished artist in the film industry, including as a SAG-AFTRA actor, a WGA screenwriter, and an indie producer. Currently, she is a Staff Writer on the AMC series Dark Winds. David Henderson (Diné), her father, is a septuagenarian Navy veteran, Los Alamos National Labs retiree, and Film Digital Arts student at Northern New Mexico College.
DezBaa' and David Henderson premiered a documentary featuring David's journey of self-discovery, as well as a series of interviews with Memorial staff, historians, medicine people, and more.
The documentary features Henderson while he documents his past, which is part of his Northern New Mexico College class projects. Neither of them grew up within the Diné culture or with the language - a reflection of both circumstance and survival. They are now both cultivating language revitalization and cultural teachings in their respective homes, as well as for Henderson's grandchildren, who are Navajo Nation citizens. Together, DezBaa' and Henderson will interview historians, scholars, and NMHS staff about Bosque Redondo Memorial and the Navajo Long Walk.
To learn more about DezBaa', visit https://www.dezbaa.com/
DezBaa' and David Henderson were in residence until May 2023 .
Dakota Mace (Diné) is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on translating the language of Diné history and beliefs.
In Dakota's words, "My project is a continuation of an ongoing project titled "Dahodiyinii (Sacred Places)," looking at the importance of land and place. The stories shared will show the relationship we, as Diné people, still communicate with our ancestors and the memory or imprint they left within the land. The work is intended to be a multidisciplinary installation with photography, video, audio, and performance to show how our bodies are archives, a collaboration between time and materials while exploring the idea of impermanence. For many Indigenous people, memories are embedded within the land. Through this project, I explore how we, as Din??, see ourselves, how our bodies store these memories, and how those histories continue to affect Diné people."
Dakota Mace's project focused on the vastness of Din'tah (the Diné homeland), rich with the narratives that exist within the landscape. The Diné hold a close relationship to their home, and each area has sacred significance and places of stories. View the project here
To learn more about Dakota Mace, visit https://www.dakotamace.com/
Dakota Mace was in residence until June, 2023.