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S For close to a century, the Santa Fe Indian Market has been a huge draw for art enthusiasts across the globe seeking to find and purchase original Native American art directly from the artists. The event will take place on August 18 and 19 at the Santa Fe Plaza, and will coincide with the 12th Annual Native cinema Showcase.

Tribal fellowship Artistic traditions — from art to food to film and fashion — abound at world’s premier Native art event BY KAYLA SAWYER


or 91 years, Native American artists have gathered for a weekend of beauty at the Santa Fe Indian Market, a highly acclaimed art show and New Mexico’s largest attended annual weekend event. An estimated 100,000 visitor’s flock to the state’s capitol from all over the world. The streets, though crowded, are not ART uncomfortable. The market is spread over 14 blocks on and surrounding Santa Fe the Santa Fe Plaza and extending to Indian Market Cathedral Park. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 18-19 “There is space for all of our visitors,” For complete schedule said Tailinh Agoyo, director of public and individual event relations and marketing at Southwestern times, visit Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA). The Historic Santa Fe “The vast number of people in Plaza attendance adds to the excitement of INFO: 505.983.5220 Indian Market. The excitement and energy on Saturday morning of Indian FREE Market is like nothing else in the world.” Every year, after the third Thursday in FILM August, the plaza is alive with turquoise 12th Annual jewelry, long, velvet Navajo dresses, Concho belts, fry bread, pinto beans, Native Cinema drums and dance. The Indian Market is Showcase produced by SWAIA, and features more Sun.-Mon., Aug. 13-19 than 600 booths where more than 1,000 VISIT SWAIA.ORG FOR artists from about 250 tribes display their SCHEDULE OF EVENTS work. New Mexico History “Even though there are many ways now Museum that a client can find and buy from artists 105 WEST PALACE, these days, there is still nothing that 505.476.5100, SANTA FE can replace the face-to-face interaction,” said John Torres-Nez, deputy director of SWAIA. You’ll find jewelry, textiles, sculpture, pottery, paintings, drawings, graphics, photography, moving images, diverse arts, pueblo wooden carvings, and lesser known crafts like weaving, filigree, basketry, bead and quill-work. This is high-quality, juried art. Many visitors and collectors make a point to arrive early


because artists are known to sell out quickly. In addition to the excitement of purchasing directly from the artist, who’ll often explain their creative process as well as any symbolism, purchasing from juried markets ensures the art is prestigious and genuinely Native American. “I am looking forward to all of the fantastic events during Indian Market Week — visiting with friends and family, and of course, seeing the world-class artwork that Native artists from tribes all over the U.S. and Canada will bring,” said Agoyo. A live public art project will also be presented during the Indian Market. “The Hour Has Arrived” involves Native artists painting collaborative murals on an enormous canvas — a wall of the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art building. There’s also an evening panel discussion with prominent Native public artists, a fine art exhibition of the genre on canvas, a public art mentorship for tribal youth, pop-up public art performances, and a children’s art tent, located in front of the Library on Washington, holding interactive art projects.

Native Film A new element to the Indian Market is the line-up of films for the Native Cinema Showcase. Many filmmakers and actors will be present at the screenings, including Chaske Spencer, known for his role as Sam, the leader of Jacob’s wolf pack in the Twilight franchise – who will be at the screening of his new film, Shouting Secrets, and director Chris Eyre who will be at multiple screenings for his new film, Hide Away. “The quality of the filmmakers that have entered (the showcase) is now equal to that of the other great art forms at the Indian Market,” said Torres-Nez. Spencer will also service as the celebrity judge for the Native American Clothing Contest (NACC), a famous competition and the most photogenic event during the Indian Market. Esteemed fashion designer Tom Ford acted as the non-Native judge at last year’s NACC. Held on the plaza stage on the final day of the Indian Market, the NACC is also juried by six Native American expert judges from various tribes and offers the opportunity to view the best in Native fashion, from traditional clothing to couture. Styles vary from traditional hand-woven items to high-fashion gowns and accessories, with each designs rooted in time-honored customs. No other event is comparable to the size, scale and focus of the Santa Fe Indian Market. There really is something for everyone — art, music, film, food, fashion, and above all, fellowship.


ummer nights should be spent outside, on a patio, beer in hand and watching The Big Lebowski. So why not make a night out of it and hit up Santa Fe for exactly that? The Dude would abide, but best swap the beer for a White Russian. For those unfamiliar with the movie, “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for a Movie Night millionaire, Jeffrey on The Patio: Lebowski (David The Big Huddleston), and is Lebowski coerced into paying a 7p, Sat., Aug. 11 debt he knows nothing Santa Fe Sol Stage & Grill about. The Dude’s 37 Fireplace bowling buddy, Walter $5 (John Goodman) helps take on a one-time, high-payoff job while trying to get compensated for a rug that was “ruined” by two thugs. Beautiful and cool summer nights are something we have plenty of in New Mexico, but movie night on the patio is something we don’t quite get enough of, so it would be in your best interest to take advantage of such an occasion. Plus, when was the last time you got to see this film on the big screen? 1998? Right, so make that your weekend plan. —JD



n the same way a written ethnography explores the facets of a culture, each collection of ethnographic art shows more than the aesthetic taste of a culture. The more than 150 dealers at this show each 29th Annual have pieces of Antique jewelry, devotional Ethnographic Art pieces, furniture, Show rugs, baskets, GALA PREVIEW: pottery, textiles and 6-9p, Thu., Aug. 9 paintings among $75/includes Fri. & other works. Sat. admission Attendees can 10a-6p, Fri., Aug. 10 simply browse the $10, $17/2 day goods or ask the admission dealers to share 10a-5p, Sat., Aug. 11 their expertise $10 to find out more Santa Fe Community about the cultures Convention Center from which they 201 W. Marcy, came. Some of 505.955.6200 the cultures and areas to be represented are Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, African, Oriental and Indonesian. Cowgirl Restaurant is catering the preview opening and there will also be a complimentary drink plus live entertainment and a cash bar. The preview is open to everyone. —AS

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