The 98th annual Santa Fe Indian Market was held Aug. 17 and 18 in the historic Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding area.
According to Sarah Vigil, a Santa Fe local, the Indian Market is a gathering of American Indians from all over the United States, and it has always been held in downtown Santa Fe.
Vigil is a part of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. The organization is responsible for putting together the event every year. Hundreds of craftspeople attended this year, representing both contemporary and traditional art from over 200 Indian tribes across the nation.
The work displayed ranged from pottery, sculpture, jewelry and textiles to painting, photography, wood carving and more. Not only do the vendors have an opportunity to show off and sell their work, awards are given for best pieces in the show.
Meanwhile, there are music and dance performances throughout the entire event, as well as a clothing competition and a showcase for Native films.
Vigil compared the Indian Market to the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque. Similar to this event, it is one of the largest gatherings of Native people in the United States, and thrives as a colorful celebration of cultures and traditions, with the Indian Market centering its focus on the arts.
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