Native American Art Markets Offer Authenic Indian Art for the Holidays

La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe // (credit: Robert Mack, SWAIA)

Published December 9, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE — Small Business Saturday may have come and gone, but there’s still plenty of time to stock up on holiday goods while supporting small, local businesses.

For individuals seeking particularly singular gift ideas, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) encourages Americans topatronize one of the many Native American holiday markets unfolding around thenation during the holiday season.

Here are a few upcoming markets, organized by region:

Winter Solstice Celebration:Native American FestivalMission San Luis Historic Site; Tallahassee, Fla.
Dec. 15-16, 2018
Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum features two days ofSoutheastern Native American dancing, music, craft vendors, culturaldemonstrations and storytelling. Also enjoy living history, solar viewing withscopes, drum circles, archery, crafts for kids and more. www.facebook.com/events/515645112165752/

Cultural Survival Bazaar
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School; Cambridge, Mass. (Dec. 15-16, 2018)
Prudential Center; Boston, Mass. (Dec. 21–23, 2018)
This annual festival of indigenous arts in the Boston area featuresindigenous artworks from around the world, including hand-crafted works byNative American artists. Pick up America-made jewelry, woven goods, pottery andeven wood flutes. bazaar.culturalsurvival.org

Midwest Region

Winter Arts and Crafts Show
Northwest Indian Community Development Center; Bemidji, Minn.
Dec. 7-8, 2018
Native American artisans from around Minnesota gather to create anddisplay their hand-crafted artworks.
www.facebook.com/events/1954359964655879/

Saginaw Chippewa 2018 WinterCommunity Cultural Teachings & Feasts
Various locations; Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Dec. 14-15, 2018
Language and culture classes presented by Gerard Sagassige (Curve Lake First Nation) are accompanied by arts & crafts programs and holiday decorating. www.sagchip.org(Opens PDF)

Plains Region

Cheyenne & Arapaho Christmas“Where the Buffalo Roam” Craft Fair
Concho Community Center; El Reno, Okla.
Dec. 13, 2018
Vendors from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations sell unique arts andcrafts items for the holiday season. www.facebook.com/events/2000589650238674/

Eastern Shoshone 477 Program Christmas Bizarre/Flea Market
Rocky Mountain Hall; Fort Washakie, Wyo.
Dec. 22, 2018
Pick up jewelry, arts & crafts, baked good and other holiday giftsat this annual holiday market. www.facebook.com/eshoshonetribe

Southwest Region

42nd Annual Pueblo Grande MuseumArt Market
Talking Stick Resort; Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 9, 2018
Celebrate Native American Arts at this annual, traditional IndianMarket. Enjoy live performances and artisans creating hand-made jewelry,pottery and more. More than 100 artist booths include food trucks serving frybread, Navajo tacos, cactus chili, burgers and more.  www.pueblogrande.org

Annual Institute of American Indian Arts Holiday Art Market
IAIA Academic Building; Santa Fe, N.M.
Dec. 15, 2018
More than 80 artists, representing tribes from across the nation, selltheir works at this annual affair.
www.iaia.edu

2018 SWAIA Winter Indian Market
La Fonda on the Plaza; Santa Fe, N.M.
Dec 15-16, and a Special Opening Celebration on Friday evening December 14.
$10 for one day; $15 for both Saturday and Sunday. $50 for Friday evening.
Nearly 150 artisans gather to sell jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings and much more. Also, live music and dance and a toy drive for Native children. Tickets for Friday evening must be purchased in advance at  swaia.org

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