Passing through the streets of downtown Santa Fe in white shops and tecnicolour suits, the Santa Fe Indian Market held 100 years this past weekend, and the event was filled to the edge with impressive displays of indigenous art, fashion and culture.
The new Mexican event included nearly 1,000 indigenous artists from over 200 nations and communities in the United States and Canada, many of them of first need and others whose families have been part of the People’s tradition for generations. It also attracted indigenous and non-indigenous visitors from around the world.
These were some of our favorite moments of the Santa Fe Indian Market Centenary:
Indigenous Fashion on Screen
The two great fashion events, the gala and fashion of the South-West Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), highlighted dozens of talented indigenous designers on the track, including several Canadian personalities: Lesley Hampton, Jason Baerg, Himikalas Pamela Baker, Yolanda Skelton, Sho Sho Sho Esquiro, Skawennati and Dorothy Grant.
Exhausted events also included celebrity models Jessica Matten, Kiowa Gordon,D’Pharoah Woon-A-Tie and Quannah Chasinghorse— the only and only defender of the land who recently made waves in 2021 Met Gala.
Street Market and Juried Art
As an injured market, every piece sold among the hundreds of white shops surrounding the streets of the center had to go through a rigorous approval process to ensure authenticity.
White otter designs’ Jaymie Campbell — who is Anishnaabe originally from Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario — creates trillium-shaped earrings and pen roll necklaces for the market. It says that the intense application process guarantees the validity and quality of the work of artists. “It also really allows you to pay the pieces that are worth, because people understand the value of work and that was a difference that I have not experienced before. ”
Participating in the market was “a level above everything that I have at least participated,” says Campbell, who now lives in British Columbia. Driving with a handful of other participants in the province’s art market, including custom moccasin manufacturer Jamie Gentry). Campbell and his standmate Niio Perkins of Akwesasne Mohawk First Nation in New York State both sold out of their pieces within the first hours of the market.
Other market participants included Elias Jade is not afraid, a Montana Apsaalooké bead artist who was selling large geometric beads with elk dental shells and ivory, and a show-topping bag with a blue rose on deer smoke.
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Juneau, Ala. beadwork artist Jill Kaasteen, which is Lingit, Chookanashaa and Xunaa Kaawudax, was also there for the first time, showing the two iconic medallions he made for the television series Book Dogs. The necklaces similar to the folics, one in the form of a picket and the other microphone, were a key joke in a first season episode, and Kaasteen says that the pleasure of the market customers was the best part of the weekend. “It’s so fun to see people’s reactions recognize it, and these are the exact pieces. ”
Celebrity Spotting in “Indigenous Hollywood”
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This year’s event was a celebrity guest magnet too, including Pressure Star Amber Midthunder, Reserve dogs ’ Woon-A-Tie, Dark Winds ’ Jessica Matten, Kiowa Gordon and Zahn McClarnon, and Rutherford Falls ’ Jana Schmieding and Sierra Teller Ornelas. Many of the stars participated in round tables on the future of indigenous innovation, while others were found walking through the tracks and shopping on the market.