​​​​​​​BRAIDING RECONCILIATION
Manila rope, corn husks, yucca, wool, wood, rocks
​​​​​​​By Lynnette Haozous
IAIA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
MAY 2019 - JANUARY 2020
The installation uses both natural and synthetic ropes in an effort to represent the past and its traumas as well as the convergence and promise of reconciliation. The process of tying and untying of knots, of braiding and threading reveals the imperative of this process and should conjure metaphorical notions of umbilical cord, DNA Helix and braids.
The ropes and knots are reminiscent of those used for the Pueblo Revolt in 1680, where Pueblo runners used the cord to mark time and form the basis of communication. In the face of colonial violence, this historic event represents resistance and survival. Yet, this watershed moment also dramatically changed Pueblo-Hispano relations, inaugurating centuries of inter-relations and key points of cultural convergence and reconciliation. Today, we use these cords to represent the promise of “coming together.” With each knot we tie together we continue the work towards reconciliation of our communities.
The synthetic ropes represent the present while the natural materials of yucca, corn husks and wool form the basis of past, present in future rooted in strength and resilience. Rocks from communities throughout the region also anchor the installation.
This installation is part of the  “RECONCILIATION” exhibit
May 2019- January 2020
I.A.I.A Museum of Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM.