Santa Fe Indian Market is a major International event drawing artists from across the United States and visitors and collectors from all around the world. “Market,” as it is called locally, is the overall umbrella name for a series of exciting events ranging from gallery openings to a film festival.
Schedule a Full Week
Last year I wrote an article urging visitors to come to market for an entire week so as to enjoy a full range of activities and shows. Indian Market Week precedes the weekend Indian Market. It is a series of events in Native film, literature, music, fashion and visual art that lead to Indian Market weekend.
In addition, all the galleries and businesses in Santa Fe have something special going for Market Week. I enjoyed meeting artists in their studios, went to a fund-raiser for breast cancer research, listened to Mariachis on the second floor balcony at Manitou Gallery and enjoyed the unveiling of some new jewelry at Blue Rain Gallery. And that was all before the big event!
The Main Event
The Santa Fe Indian Market is a 90-year-old Native art market. It is the largest and most prestigious Native arts market in the world and the largest cultural event in the
southwest. The yearly event is held during the third weekend of August. Over 1,100 artists representing 100 U.S. Federally recognized tribes sell their artwork. The Indian Market attracts 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world. Buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of the Santa Fe Indian Market.
This year, I’ll be volunteering at the Native Cinema Showcase. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), are presenting the 11th Annual Native Cinema Showcase, a celebration of films and videos by and about indigenous peoples in connection with the Santa Fe Indian Market. All films will be shown at the New Mexico History Museum. The films are free.
So the Santa Fe Indian Market is much more than the huge market with booths of jewelry and pottery (and more). You’ll find lectures, a film festival, the usual gallery openings and so very much more. Here is the SWAIA calendar of events. SWAIA will distribute Indian Market Guides. In addition, the Santa Fe New Mexican publishes an Indian Market edition with gallery ads and lists of special things to do in Santa Fe.
But save some energy and money for the big event. It will take you two days to see the actual market!