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Indian Market 2017

The Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world. Begun in 1922, Indian Market attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the world to buy art directly from roughly 900 artists from 200+ federally recognized tribes from the U.S. and Canada. 

Indian Market is a two-day event and this year we took advantage of both days. The art and entertainment is a feast for the senses. Sunday was less crowded making it possible to visit with many of the artists one-on-one and ask questions about their techniques and materials.


It is with evident joy and love that the Bearsheart Family Pow Wow Dancers perform. Father Brad with daughter, Ella and son, Nathaniel travel many places dancing traditional and modern traditional ways for public & private events and to Pow Wows.



Blackkiss is a desert born acoustic music coming straight from the heart of the Navajo-Indian Reservaton. Founder and leader Pete Sands grew up listening to the old country songs from the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and at the same time learning the songs of his ancient culture. In 2007, after a year of playing open mic nights,



Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie is a two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer, a Eagle Dancer, and is from the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa. He is the Founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Arts which is based out of St. Paul, MN.



The antlered Zuni deer dancers perform with a stick in each hand to signify front legs. 



Tony Duncan, Yellow Bird Dancing, (Apache, Arikara and Hidatsa) has performed for audiences worldwide including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian Museum, The Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show, and The White House. Duncan is the current 2013-14 Native American Music Awards ARTIST OF THE YEAR.



We purchased this expressive and unique oil painting by Hadiibah John. She is the talented daughter of David K. John. They are a generational duo who frequently exhibit together.



Just a sampling of the sights, arts and participating artists...