New Mexico History Museum - Palace of the Governors

Portal Artisans’ Celebration - An Annual Palace Courtyard Event

Enjoy handmade arts and crafts, music, dances and food during Santa Fe Indian Market

Date July 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM

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Take a break during the SWAIA Indian Market to enjoy the Portal Artisans' Celebration in the shady Palace Courtyard. From 9 am - 5 pm, Aug. 21-22, members of the History Museum's Native American Artisans Program will offer music, handcrafted art, raffles, a Native specialties food booth and traditional Indian dances performed by award-winning Pueblo dance groups and members of the Tony Duncan Dance Troupe (San Carlos Apache/Arikara Nation/Navajo). This free event, just steps away from the Santa Fe Plaza, has long been a welcome stop for families and Indian Market visitors.

Enter the courtyard through the Blue Gate just south of the New Mexico History Museum's main entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. For a full schedule of weekend activities and performances, CLICK HERE.

Also that weekend, historian and author Jennifer Nez Denetdale will speak on "Din'e/Navajo Women: At the Intersection of Nation, Gender and Tradition," at 2 pm Sunday, Aug. 22, in the History Museum Auditorium. Denetdale's lecture, part of the Telling New Mexico Lecture Series, costs $10. Tickets are available at the Museum Shops or online at

The internationally renowned Native American Artisans Program operates exclusively on the Palace of the Governors Portal, where members display and sell their handmade arts and crafts. Artisans qualify for participation by demonstrating their ability to create pottery, sandpainting, silverwork, lapidary, and weaving using traditional methods.

The artisans are under the portal nearly every day. To make room for Indian Market, they move into the Palace Courtyard and turn it into a party, Native American-style. Check out the music and dance, then extend your stay (in air-conditioned comfort!) by exploring the exhibits at the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors. Admission is $6 for NM residents, $9 for others. Sunday admission is free for all New Mexicans. Children 16 and under are always free.