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Santa Fe’s Summer Markets

Andrea Gross | Jun 26, 2012, 2:48 p.m.

— He brings me a bowl of each. “I brought you Christmas,” he says with a smile.

www.spanishcolonial.org

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Indian Market

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Visitors can find Pueblo storytellers, Hopi Kachina dolls and Cherokee baskets at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Within a few weeks, the Plaza is transformed from a Spanish market to the world’s largest display of Native American arts. We’re overwhelmed by the sight of 600 booths that exhibit the work of more than 1,000 artists from 100-plus tribes. We soon decide that the only way to survive is to relax, listen to live Native American music, watch some films on Native life, munch on fry bread and then, calmed and fortified, look at the art.

Our plan works. We spend two days immersed in art that ranges from jewelry to sculpture, traditional to contemporary. The two unifying features are that all the artists are indigenous people from the United States or Canada, and they all produce quality work. To our surprise, much of what we see is relatively affordable. Many of the top artists offer small items for a fraction of the cost of their award-winning pieces.

But for us, buying is not the goal. We want to look, listen and learn. In short, we want to experience a Santa Fe summer.

www.swaia.org (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts)

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