Santa Fe’s Indian Market Celebrates 100 Years of Art and Fashion

Santa Fe’s Indian Market Celebrates 100 Years of Art and Fashion

Santa Fe’s Indian Market Celebrates 100 Years of Art and Fashion

Photography courtesy of Tira Howard Photography

The style was spot on.

Occupying the streets of downtown Santa Fe in white tents and technicolor outfits, the Santa Fe Indian Market celebrated its 100th anniversary last weekend – and the event was filled to the brim with stunning exhibits of indigenous art, fashion and culture.

The New Mexican event brought together nearly 1,000 Indigenous performers from more than 200 nations and communities across the United States and Canada, many of whom were first-timers and others whose families have been part of the Pueblo tradition for decades. generations. It has also attracted native and non-native visitors from around the world.

Here are some of our favorite moments from the Santa Fe Indian Market Centennial:

Indigenous fashion on display

The two major fashion events, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Gala and Fashion Show, highlighted dozens of talented indigenous designers on the catwalk, including several Canadian personalities: Lesley Hampton, Jason Baerg, Himikalas Pamela Baker, Yolanda Skelton, Sho Sho Esquiro, Skawennati and Dorothy Grant.

The sold-out events also featured celebrity models Jessica Matten, Kiowa Gordon, D’Pharoah Woon-A-Tie and Quannah Chasinghorse, the one and only land defender who recently made waves at the 2021 Met Gala.

Santa Fe Indian Market SWAIA Fashion Show
Photography by Tira Howard Photography

Street market and jury art

As a juried market, each piece sold from the hundreds of white tents lining the streets of downtown had to go through a rigorous approval process to ensure authenticity.

Jaymie Campbell of White Otter Designs, who is Anishnaabe originally from Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario, creates trillium-shaped beaded earrings and feather necklaces for the market. She says the intense application process ensures the validity and quality of artists’ work. “It also allows you to really get paid what the parts are worth because people understand the value of hard work and that’s a difference I’ve never experienced before.”

Attending the market was “so much better than anything I’ve attended at least,” says Campbell, who now lives in British Columbia. She drove down with a handful of other participants in the province’s art market, including bespoke moccasin maker Jamie Gentry). Campbell and his stall mate Niio Perkins of the Mohawk First Nation of Akwesasne in New York State both sold their pieces in the early hours of the market.

Other participants in the market included Elias Jade Not Afraid, an Apsaalooké bead artist from Montana who sold large bags of geometric beads with dentalium shells and elk ivory, and a spectacular handbag with a blue rose. beaded on smoked deer skin.

Juneau, Ala. Bead artist Jill Kaasteen, who is Lingit, Chookanashaa and Xunaa Kaawudax, was also there for the first time, showcasing the two iconic beadlets she created for the TV series. Reservation dogs. The phallic necklaces, one shaped like a pickle and the other a microphone, were a key joke in a season one episode, and Kaasteen says the market-goer’s delight was the best part of the weekend. “It’s so fun to see the reactions of people acknowledging that, and those are the exact pieces.”

Celebrity Spotting at “Indigenous Hollywood”

This year’s event also attracted celebrities, including Prey Amber Midthunder star, Reservation dogs Woon-A-Tie, Dark Winds’ Jessica Matten, Kiowa Gordon and Zahn McClarnon, and Rutherford Falls’ Jana Schmieding and Sierra Teller Ornelas. Many stars participated in panel discussions on the future of Indigenous innovation, while others strolled the parades and shopped at the market.

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