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SWAIA Newsletter - August 2013

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From the SWAIA Staff

August has arrived, and with it the start of the 2013 Indian Market season! At the SWAIA office, we are making final changes, gathering supplies, and getting increasingly excited for this year's spectacular celebration of Native art and culture. As the anticipation builds, we, along with our board members and volunteers, are working harder than ever to ensure that the 2013 Indian Market will be the most fantastic Market yet.

Over the past month, we have kept ourselves busy with NextGen, literary, and art events. SWAIA COO John Torres Nez taught flintknapping at the Poeh Center, and writers Sara Marie Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) and Max Early (Laguna Pueblo) read from their work at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse. We also hosted a panel discussion focused on Native painters; artists America Meredith, Mateo Romero, Heidi K. Brandow, and Ehren Kee Natay joined us at Collected Works for an enlightening conversation on the status of painting in the age of new media.

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(Images from "The Intangible and the Imaginary" Artist Panel Discussion)

This month, we invite you to attend the SWAIA Children's Art Opening on Friday August 9th at 6 pm at Collected Works. Youth artists, parents, and art enthusiasts alike will get the chance to mingle and view wonderful artwork by SWAIA Youth Mentees and Indian Education Program Participants.

In addition to the classic Indian Market WeekTM and Indian Market weekend celebrations, we encourage you to attend our new events throughout the week of August 12th to the 18th. Be sure to check out the first annual Indian Market Launch Party on Thursday, August 15, at the Historic Hilton of Santa Fe. Cosponsored by SWAIA and Native Peoples Magazine, the Launch Party will feature reggae hip hop music and DJ sets by Native superstars Quese IMC, Cempoalli 20, and Shock B, appearances by Native Peoples cover models Ehren Kee Natay and Angel Mills, and a number of VIPs - from artists to collectors to filmmakers. On Saturday, August 17, stop by the Santa Fe Plaza at 12:30 pm to catch the SWAIA Hip Hop Fashion Show, starring a Native dance crew and the limited edition t-shirts from the Artist Designed Collection, designed by SWAIA artist Ehren Kee Natay.

We hope you will also join us for the innumerable events of the 2013 Indian Market, ranging from the 13th Annual Native Cinema Showcase and Live Auction Gala to the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Cultural Stage and the Native American Clothing Contest. Visit our website for more information, ticketing, and a full schedule of events.

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We treasure every second of Indian Market, and we hope you do too! From fine art and film to music, dance, and fashion, the 2013 Indian Market will be one for the ages. See you soon - and on the Plaza!