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SWAIA Staff


Executive Director

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Ira Wilson
(Navajo)

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised on the Navajo Reservation in the community of Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, Ira was immersed in his culture and introduced to Native American art and artists at a very young age. As a child his exposure to reservation life led him to begin to understand the connection of his people to the earth and how it was reflected in the very artwork produced by the Navajo people. This began his lifelong journey into the world of Native American art.

After graduating high school in Cortez, Colorado, Ira moved to Albuquerque to attend college at the University of New Mexico. His primary studies were in Civil Engineering and to support the costs of college Ira became employed with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in 1991. This began his 26-year career in retail sales and management, working closely with local indigenous artists and studying the finer facets of all Southwest Native American art. His immense respect for the art form deepened his dedication to promoting Native art and its mission to preserve history, culture and tradition. Every piece tells a story, every piece has a history and every artist has a story to tell.

Through his dedication and passion for Native American art, in 2018 Ira became the Executive Director of the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market. Here he hopes to guide the Market to it's 100th year and beyond, creating exciting events and partnerships for participating SWAIA artists, members, sponsors and attendees.

Email: ira.w@swaia.org

Artist Services Manager

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Ann-erika White Bird
(Sicangu Lakota)

Ann-erika White Bird is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. In January 2016, she relocated to New Mexico from the Rosebud Reservation. Ann-erika has a lifetime connection to art through her family’s work on both her mother and father’s side. Her background is working as a paralegal. She was also employed as an instructor at Sinte Gleska University and a journalist. Ann-erika graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing. She is a published poet and an accomplished beadworker. The most important roles in her life have been that of mother, friend and advocate. She looks forward to bringing her unique background to serve the artist community within Indian Market.

Email: awhitebird@swaia.org

PR & Marketing Director

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Amanda Crocker

Amanda Crocker is a native New Mexican and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where she obtained degrees in Anthropology and Spanish. Prior to joining SWAIA, Crocker worked as Director of Programs and Marketing at El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum for 11 years, coordinating ten public events per year and handling all advertising and media relations. Other non-profit experience includes six years with Cornerstones Community Partnerships in Santa Fe, a community-based historic preservation organization.

Email: acrocker@swaia.org

Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

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Tammie Touchine
(Navajo)

Tammie Rae Touchine is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, from Iyanbito, NM. She is Ts’ah yisk’idnii (the Sagebrush Hill clan), born for Bit’ahnii (Folded Arms People clan). Her maternal grandparents are Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan) and her paternal grandparents are Naasht’ezhi Dine’e (Zuni Clan). She has been involved in planning events for organizations that serve Native Americans for the past 8 years. She also has a background working as a Concierge within fine hotels for 10 plus years. She’s lived most of her adult life in Phoenix, AZ where she obtained her degree in Sociology and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University.
Tammie is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Arizona State University in Business Management with an emphasis in non-profit management. She plans to be Director of her own non-profit organization one day. On her own time Tammie loves spending time with her 3 children, Raven, Imani and Adan. Tammie also plays basketball, likes to read, and loves making art.

Email: ttouchine@swaia.org

Finance / Bookkeeper

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Yvonne Gillespie

Yvonne brings more than twenty years of finance experience. She has also been a volunteer for search and rescue since 2001.

Email: finance@swaia.org