Native American Artists Gather For the World's Largest Indian Art Market - SantaFe.com
Indian Market Santa Fe New Mexico

The Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest juried Native art show in the world and the largest cultural event in the Southwest. The market features the creations of more than 1,000 Native American artists who will exhibit a wide variety of artistic media from traditional weavings and basketry to exquisite jewelry and pottery. Two-dimensional art forms like painting, photography and graphic design are represented alongside sculpture, bead and quillwork, and other diverse arts.

The 2024 Santa Fe Indian Market will take place on the Santa Fe Plaza on August 17–18, 2024. It’s a rain-or-shine event and no tickets are required for the market, although there are many exciting ticketed events you may want to experience, like the popular fashion show, preview luncheon, and gala.

A model on the runway at SWAIA Fashion in 2018.
A model on the runway at SWAIA Native Fashion in 2018.

WORLD CLASS ARTISTS

With a mission to bring Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education, and creating meaningful partnerships, Santa Fe Indian Market’s juried approach to curating the market ensures the 1,000 artisans from across the United States and Canada are the best in class and are showing with other award winning artists. Since 1922, this approach has fostered meaningful relationships and a loyal following. Your Santa Fe Indian Market experience ensures you are connecting with juried, one-of-a-kind artworks that are heirloom quality, handcrafted, and collectable.

THE STORIES of Native American artists

Collectors and art enthusiasts enjoy the cultural experience of market and the opportunity to interact and make purchases from the artists directly. Generations of Native American artists provide insight into how traditional arts are handed down, passed on, and continue to evolve.

Overview of Indian Market, which brings together hundreds of Native American artists.
Indian Market on the Santa Fe Plaza.

THE CULTURE

In addition to being the largest Native art market in the world, the event brings together Native people from more than 400 nations, tribes, and bands in a celebration of Native American culture and identity. Food vendors selling traditional foods like fry bread and sweet corn enhance Indian Market’s cultural experience; Native musicians will play events throughout the weekend, dancers will perform live dances, and cutting-edge Native fashion designers will walk the runway in popular Native Fashion events.

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT

• SFIM brings in over 150,000 tourists/visitors annually

• SFIM brings in $80M economic impact to the State and City.

About SWAIA: 

Founded in 1921, SWAIA is an advocate for Native American arts and culture, and creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market as the finest Indigenous art event in the world; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native American artists year-round. More details can be found at: swaia.org

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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