Santa Fe, New Mexico Indian Market – World’s Largest – August 21-22

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July 22, 2010

Santa Fe Indian Market – World’s Largest – August 21-22

The Santa Fe Plaza plays host to the most prestigious Native American arts show in the world – the annual Santa Fe Indian Market – Aug. 21-22, 2010. The one-of-a-kind event provides a unique opportunity to buy directly from Native American artists from across the country.

“Santa Fe Indian Market gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience,” said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, “and is an integral part of life in the Land of Enchantment. I encourage everyone to experience its wonder and enjoy the beauty of the arts created by this state’s premier residents. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is to be commended for its continued sponsorship.”

The Santa Fe Indian Market has long been the place where Native American art meets the world. Join thousands of collectors, artists, volunteers and visitors who return from across the United States and the world to join in the festivities that celebrate American Indian culture and artistry.

Nearly 1,200 artists will be presenting their newest and best work for sale and admiration. Experience the best of Native culture by seeing the clothing contest, tasting fry bread and other Native foods provided by our vendors, and visiting the youth participants throughout the Market.

The outdoor market provides a unique place to meet and buy directly from the nation’s top Native American artists, including youth, who represent nearly 100 tribes. Demonstrations by Native American groups and artists allow visitors a chance to learn more about different tribal and artistic traditions. A book booth sells educational and informative books with signings by Native authors, and American Indian food vendors offer delicious Native food choices for visitors.

Activities surrounding Santa Fe Indian Market August 13-23, 2010, include:

  • August 13 (11:30 a.m.): SWAIA officially introduces the 2010 Santa Fe Indian Market Week with a Business Partner’s Reception and Press Preview, Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo Street.
  • August 13 (6 p.m.): SWAIA and Apache Skateboards present “Indian Ink” – Artists in Black & White, Legends Santa Fe, 143 Lincoln Ave.
  • August 14 (4 p.m.): SWAIA and Collected Works Bookstore present Joseph M. Marshall III, Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo Street
  • August 15 (2-4 p.m.): SWAIA and Whitehawk Antique Shows present “Scarcity and Rarity,” Santa Fe Community Center, 201 W. Marcy Street
  • August 16 (8:30-10:30 a.m.): Conversation on Contemporary Native American Art at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson Street.
  • August 16 ( 6:30 p.m.): Santa Fe Indian Market Classification X Award Winners Film Screening, Allan Houser Compound, 26 Haozous Road
  • August 17 (8 a.m.): Breakfast with the Curators, Museum Hill Cafe
  • August 17 (6 p.m.): A Special Evening with Award-Winning Author Sherman Alexie, The Lensic Performing Arts Center
  • August 18 (2 p.m.): SWAIA and the Sundance Institute present “Bran Nue Dae,” a film by Rachel Perkins, The Lensic Performing Arts Center
  • August 19-22 (TBA): SWAIA, NMAI and CCA present the 10th annual Native Cinema Showcase, Cathedral Park: Downtown Santa Fe
  • August 19 (5:30 p.m.): SWAIA Artist Fellowship Winner’s Reception, Patina Gallery 131 W. Palace Ave.
  • August 19 (6 p.m.): SWAIA and Collected Works Bookstore present N. Scott Momaday and Luci Tapahonso, Collected Works Bookstore: 202 Galisteo Street
  • August 19 (6 p.m.): Native Music Rocks the Plaza, Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand
  • August 20 (11:30 a.m.): Best of Show Luncheon and Preview, Santa Fe Community Center, 201 W. Marcy Street.
  • August 20 (3 p.m.): State of Native Arts Symposium, Santa Fe Community Center, 201 W. Marcy Street.
  • August 20-21 (TBA): Native Music Rocks Concert, Hilton Hotel, 100 Sandoval Street.
  • August 21 (noon-1p.m.): Allan Houser and Pov’ika Awards Presentation, Santa Fe Plaza
  • August 21 (1-4 p.m.): SWAIA and Apache Skateboards Present Skateploitation!, Cathedral Park
  • August 21 (5 p.m.): 2010 SWAIA Indian Market Gala Dinner and Live Auction, La Fonda on the Plaza
  • August 21-22 (7 a.m.-5 p.m. both days): Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe Plaza.
  • August 22 (9 a.m.-noon): Native American Clothing Contest, Santa Fe Plaza

SWAIA’s mission is to be an advocate for Native American arts and cultures (particularly those in the Southwest), and create economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market as the finest Indian art event in the world; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round.

For more information contact Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Inc. (SWAIA)
PO Box 969, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0969
Phone: 505-983-5220 or Fax: 505-983-7647
For general information,; for membership information,; for donor/gift information,; for questions about volunteering,; and for Artist Services,


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5 thoughts on “Santa Fe, New Mexico Indian Market – World’s Largest – August 21-22


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  4. I attended Indian Market and it was a rewarding experience with something for everyone, from traditional arts to skateboarding demonstrations, film festivals, contemporary art exhibitions, artists’ talks, fashion events, auctions, gala events, you name it!

    I attended a number of events and have been writing about them on my blog. Thinking about attending next year? Start planning now! It was hopping!

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