New Mexico History Museum Celebrates 100 Years of Santa Fe Indian Market
Judges from the Southwestern Association of Indian American Arts in session at the Indian Market competition in 2011. Photo by Kitty Leaken
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Museum of History (NMHM) has announced the opening of Honoring Tradition and Innovation, an exhibit commemorating 100 years of the Santa Fe Indian Market, 1922-2022.
The exhibit, which opens August 7, 2022, traces the 100-year history of this important market and explores the continued impact of American Indian policies on the Native American art world over the past century.
It also celebrates the artists, collectors and volunteers who continue to make it. The exhibition will feature over 200 examples of works by artists from the Indian market from private and public collections and historical and contemporary photographs, as well as interviews with artists and collectors.
The Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest juried Native American art exhibit in the world and generates approximately $160 million for Native artists and the local economy. Each year, more than 100,000 people attend this remarkable event, which circles the central plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and sponsors more than a thousand native artists from more than 200 tribal communities across North America. and Canada.
Over the past century, the Native American art world has been significantly influenced and supported by the Indian market and Santa Fe’s tourist industry. The market provides income for artists and their families and connects the Native and non-Native worlds. natives through the interactions it promotes.
The Indian market itself has evolved through these exchanges, becoming a place where indigenous artists are empowered to share cultural stories with non-indigenous visitors. In this regard, Indian Market has served not only as a market but also as a forum for shared cultural exchanges that enhance the experience of visitors.
The market, which was called the “Southwestern Indian Fair and Industrial Arts and Crafts Exhibition” in its early days, has grown considerably in scope and size since its beginnings in 1922. It was originally sponsored by non-Aboriginal Museum staff of New Mexico and the School for American Research, and is now run by SWAIA staff and board members, mostly Native Americans. The market’s mission was originally to preserve traditional designs and technologies of the past, but now the market is committed to “bringing Indigenous arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education and creating meaningful partnerships”.
About the New Mexico Museum of History
TheNew Mexico History Museum is a division ofDepartment of Cultural Affairs, under the direction of the Board of Regents of the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are supported by the New Mexico Museum Foundation and its generous donors. NMHM is a statewide educational resource, landmark, and destination for anyone interested in understanding the diverse experiences of New Mexicoers, the dynamics that have shaped our state, and the relationships that connect our region to the rest of the world.