Santa Fe Indian Market

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Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band Potawatomi) explains her baskets to visitors at her booth
Michael Kanteena of Laguna Pueblo is a featured artist at Market. This canteen was bought from the artist there.

The Santa Fe Indian Market is an annual art market held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on the weekend following the third Thursday in August. The event draws an estimated 150,000 people to the city from around the world.[1] The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) organizes the market, showcasing work from 1,200 of the top Native American artists from tribes across the country.[2][3]


Indian Market was organized by Kenneth Chapman in 1922 as part of an expanded Fiesta de Santa Fe sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico.[4] In 1936, the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs took over the event.[2] Today, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts organizes the market.[3]

Featured art[edit]

The market features pottery, jewelry, textile weavings, painting, sculpture, beadwork, basketry, and other traditional and contemporary work. It is the oldest and largest juried Native American art showcase in the world.[5] The economic impact of the Market has been calculated at more than $19 million.[6]

Authenticity standards for featured artists[edit]

Artists display their work in booths around the Santa Fe Plaza and adjacent streets, selling directly to the general public. In order to participate, all artists must provide proof of enrollment in one of the federally recognized tribes, and their work must meet strict quality and authentic materials standards.[1] Art experts judge the work and distribute awards and prize money in various categories. On the evening before the Market's opening, members of SWAIA may attend a preview of representative works by the artists as well as the winners in each category. It is a way for potential buyers to preview the winning artworks and items for sale. Many buyers make a point of arriving downtown very early in the morning, and it is not unusual to find artists having sold out within a few hours.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wunderman, Ali (2017-08-18). "Meet the Artists Displaying at This Year's Santa Fe Indian Market, the Largest Juried Native Art Show in the World". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  2. ^ a b Tryk, Sheila, Santa Fe Indian Market: Showcase of Native American Art, Santa Fe: Tierra Publications, 1993. ISBN 0-9622807-4-7.
  3. ^ a b Montoya Bryan, Susan. "Santa Fe Indian Market fuses tradition with contemporary art". SFGate. Archived from the original on 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  4. ^ Hartley, Cody (2005). Art in an Arid Climate : The Museum of New Mexico and the Cultivation of the Arts in Santa Fe. Santa Barbara: University of California. pp. 166–171.
  5. ^ Guide to the Indian Market Archived 2006-10-16 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Santa Fe Indian Market's economic impact more than $19 million, survey shows." New Mexico Business Weekly, 24 January 2002.

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