Indian Market: Celebrating Native Art and Culture

Date August 14, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Author Lynn Cline

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Art Markets & Galleries Community Entertainment & Nightlife

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There's nothing in the world quite like the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, which celebrates 90 years this summer and is arguably the city's most popular annual event. Thousands of visitors from around the world travel to Santa Fe during the weekend to purchase traditional jewelry, pottery, weavings, paintings, basketry and more directly from Native artists who come from around the country to sell that the world's largest Native art market.

The market also has an impressive schedule of events, from a Native clothing contest and cinema showcase to a live auction gala, awards ceremony, live music and dramatic performances, literary readings, a panel on Native arts and more. And many Santa Fe galleries host art openings featuring Native artists this weekend as well.

If you're a fan of turquoise and silver, kachinas, intricate baskets and gorgeous woven rugs, the market is the place to shop. And to make sure that you don't run out of steam while you're at the market, there is plenty of food available from vendors on the Plaza, including Navajo tacos, roasted corn, fry bread and more.

At the market, you'll be able to meet artists from around the world who are all working with timeless traditions handed down to them by their ancestors. Indian Market is presented by The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), which brings "Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education and creating meaningful partnerships," according to SWAIA's website.

Below is a list of the major events taking place during the 2011 Indian Market, which runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 21. Admission is free. For more info, go to http://www.swaia.org.

Native Cinema Showcase, August 15, New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.

This year's 11th annual Native Cinema Showcase features films and videos made by, and about, indigenous people. The films are presented by SWAIA and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Class X Film Screenings, August 15, 6:30 p.m., New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.

Moving images is one of the newest categories in Indian market, and this event features the winning films in four divisions -- Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short and Experimental Short.

Robert Mirabal Presents: Po'Pay Speaks August 16 - September 4 at The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N. St. Francis Dr.

Grammy Award winner Robert Mirabal performs his one-man show exploring the history of Native American Po'Pay and the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and his lasting influence.

Spoken Word Performance, August 16, 6:00 pm at Collected Works, 202 Galisteo St.

Janet Marie Rogers and Alex Jacobs present a Mohawk spoken word performance that examines maintaining Indian identity while living away from the homeland.

SWAIA and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Present: Breakfast With the Curators, 8:30 a.m. August 16, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo

Swaia's Executive Director Bruce Bernstein discusses the history of and the future plans for Indian Market during breakfast. $35 per person, or $30 per person for MNMF members, including museum admission. Reservations required. Call 476-1247 for more information. Purchase tickets online or call the Lensic box office at (505) 988-1234.

Readings by Simon Ortiz and Sara Maria Ortiz, 6 p.m. August 18, Collected Works, 202 Galisteo St.

Father and daughter writers read from their work and discuss the creative process, the business of writing, inspirations, challenges as contemporary Indigenous writers and more.

SWAIA Presents Music on the Plaza Bandstand, 6 p.m. August 18

The closing day of the Santa Fe Music Bandstand Series is sponsored by SWAIA and features Clan/Destine (Native Soul Operation Peace) and Levi & the Plateros (Native Rock and Blues).

Welcoming Reception at Patina Gallery, 9 a.m. August 18, Patina Gallery, 131 W. Palace Ave.

A continental breakfast and welcome to Santa Fe, featuring an audio-visual presentation based on the Navajo Beauty Way by Tom Maguire, former Director of Arts and Cultural Tourism for the City of Santa Fe, that explores Santa Fe's history and culture as well as the creative energy of our diverse community.

State of Native Art Symposium, 3 p.m. August 19, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.

This panel of curators, scholars and other experts examines the current state and future of Native visual arts.

Lifetime Achievement Allan Houser Legacy and Povika Awards Presentation, 12-1 p.m. August 20, Santa Fe Plaza stage

The Houser Award, the highest honor given by SWAIA to a Native artist, honors their contributions to Native arts and Native culture. The Povika Award is given in recognition of service, leadership and support that Native and non-Native people provide to Indian Market and to Native artists and their communities.

SWAIA Live Auction Gala Dinner and Auctions, 5-9 p.m. August 20, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E. San Francisco St.

This is SWAIA's biggest fundraiser, featuring art donated by the country's top Native artists to be auctioned in the silent or live auction. Many of these unique pieces were made specifically for this event.

The 90th Santa Fe Indian Market, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday August 20 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, August 21, Santa Fe Plaza

More than 1100 artists from 100 tribes participate in the market, attended by 100,000 people each year. There is no other event in the world that brings together so many Native artists and buyers as it celebrates traditional Native arts and culture. It's a good idea to get there early as the Plaza fills up quickly with crowds.

Native American Clothing Contest, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday, August 21, Santa Fe Plaza stage

This is one of the most popular events during Indian Market and also the most photographed. Fore more than 20 years, this contest has drawn crowds who admire traditional and contemporary Native fashion designed both for children and adults. Awards are given in more than 20 categories.

SWAIA Winter Showcase, November 26-27, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.

Fans of Indian Market don't have to wait until summer to shop for Native art. The annual Winter Indian Market, held Thanksgiving weekend, presents an opportunity to buy holiday gifts directly from the artists. This is a much smaller event than the summer market, featuring 130 select artists who are invited by SWAIA to participate in the market.

Santa Fe Indian Market Special on QVC, 8 to 10 p.m. August 14

For those of you who can't stand crowds or won't be in Santa Fe during Indian Market, there's still a way for you to purchase one-of-a-kind Native arts. The QVC cable channel is featuring new jewelry designed by four acclaimed Native artists -- Zuni artists Myron Panteah and Veronica Poblano; Ojibwa artist Wanesia Misquadace; and Cochiti Pueblo silversmith Cippy CrazyHorse.

The show features video of these artists at work, along with interviews about the inspiration behind their designs. The special commemorative pendant created by CrazyHorse for the 90th anniversary of Indian Market will debut during the show.

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