SWAIA’s Winter Indian Market

Santafe.com | SantaFe.com - November 21, 2011

Once you've eaten the turkey and all the Thanksgiving trimmings, cleaned up the kitchen and played your umpteenth game of Trivial Pursuit or Charades, what else is there to do this Thanksgiving weekend?

Um, did someone say shopping?

You'll find unique holiday gifts at the annual SWAIA Winter Indian Market, held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A smaller market than the summer Indian Market, the Winter Market features 130 Native artists working in an array of traditions, from jewelry and weaving to pottery, painting, basket making and more. The market also includes work by Native fashion designers, a silent auction, a raffle and performances by acclaimed poet, performer, writer and sax player Joy Harjo of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation.

Six award-winning artists will offer artist demonstrations, including jeweler Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee/Seminole), Santa Clara potter Jody Naranjo, painter Ryan Lee Smith (Cherokee/Choctaw), Haida weaver Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas, Acoma Pueblo potter Robert Patricio and basket weaver Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), who won the 2011 SWAIA Best of Show Award.

For SWAIA members, Bruce Bernstein, SWAIA director, presents an encore lecture, Native Art 101: Buying, Collecting and Demystifying Native Art, aimed at helping collectors as well as those hoping to start a collection. SWAIA members can enjoy Early Bird Shopping and Bernstein's lecture at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5 with a SWAIA membership. For info on membership, call Denise Keron at 983-5220.

Admission to Winter Indian Market is $5 per day and tickets are available at the door. Harjo performs at 4 p.m. on Saturday and again at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 and include admission to the market.

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