In mid-December of 2017 we received an email requesting contact information for one of our Mentor Artist Fellows. This is not unusual, but the sender was the Hrvatsko-Američko Društvo (Croatian-American Society) headquartered in Zagreb, Croatia, invited 2017 Mentor Artist Fellow TahNibaa Naataanii (Diné [Navajo]) to participate in a cultural exchange project with Antonija Rusković Radonić, Director of the Konavle Museum and Gallery. Radonić was selected as the master artist presenting traditional Croatian embroidery and Naataanii for her work using early Navajo weaving styles.
The project, Heritage Storytelling – Konavle Embroidery & Traditional Textile Weaving of American Indians, was conceived with the intention of comparing two traditional weaving styles in both Diné and Konavle Embroidery. The exhibit, held in March 2018, centered around the museum collections of traditional Croatian embroidery and included several artifacts woven by Diné people. In addition to the exhibit, there were a series of public demonstrations and panels with Naataanii and Radonić.