August 22 - 23: The 94th Santa Fe Indian Market will feature nearly 1,000 of the continent's finest Native artists at the Santa Fe Downtown Plaza. Free Admission, 7am-5pm Saturday, 8am-5pm Sunday.
SPECIAL EVENTS (Week of Monday, August 17-Sunday, August 23):
August 17-August 23: NATIVE CINEMA SHOWCASE and CLASS X FILM FESTIVAL, New Mexico History Museum
Thursday, August 20: "Nation to Nation" PANEL DISCUSSIONS, Exploring treaties between the U.S. and Indian Nations, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, times tba
Thursday, August 20: INDIAN MARKET 2015 KICK-OFF PARTY, Free and open to the Public, 8pm-10:30pm, Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Friday, August 21: AWARD-WINNING ART VIEWINGS
BEST OF SHOW CEREMONY AND LUNCHEON,11:30am-2pm; Awards presentation and celebratory luncheon for the "Best of Classification" winners at the Santa Fe Indian Market, this exclusive, members only event is the first opportunity to see the award winning art.
SNEAK PREVIEW, 5:30pm-7:30pm; GENERAL PREVIEW, 7:30pm-9:30pm; Awards presentation and celebratory luncheon for the "Best of Classification" winners at the Santa Fe Indian Market, this exclusive, members only event is the first opportunity to see the award winning art. ALL Ticketed, call 505-983-5220, Santa Fe Community Convention Center
Saturday, August 22: NATIVE HAUTE COUTURE Fashion Show, 1pm, Cathedral Park (open to the public), curated by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, and featuring some of Indian Country's hottest Native Fashion Designers:
Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock) began bead working as a child creating her own dance regalia for powwows near her home, on the La Jolla Luiseño Reservation. At the age of 22, Okuma became the youngest artist in the history of Santa Fe Indian market to win Best of Show, which would become the first of her five Best of Show awards: three from SWAIA and two from the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market.
Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree) is an award winning artist who is inspired by her Native North American roots and respect for nature, which is derivative of her upbringing in Yukon, Canada. Esquiro uses organic fabrics, as well as recycled leathers, furs, and trims, in vibrant colors. Resulting in melding her passion for hip-hop culture with her aboriginal heritage to create a unique, fresh look with an
urban-Native twist. Each garment is handmade to ensure couture quality and artistic authenticity.
B.Yellowtail Designs (Crow/Northern Cheyenne) embraces the experience of breathing new life into ancestral knowledge with modern-day experience, and seeks to redefine Native-inspired design. Yellowtail has contributed to major brands such as BCBGMAXAZRIA GROUP, Kardashian Collections, as well as private labels sold in Macy's and Nordstrom. The B.Yellowtail vision is founded on creating visually stunning clothes that impart artistic passion and self-empowerment. The brand's aesthetic draws on inspiration from the sacred and re-imagines it for the contemporary woman through bold style statements.
Dorothy Grant (Haida) has been an internationally renowned contemporary fashion designer for over thirty-two years. In 1988, Grant became the first designer to merge Haida art and fashion utilizing her formal training at the Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design. Grant believes that her clothing embodies the Haida philosophy Yaangudang meaning "self respect." The driving force behind her clothing designs is "empowerment, pride and feeling good about oneself." After seventeen years in retail and manufacturing, Grant has transformed her entrepreneurial focus to Native art market trade shows and online sales through her website.
Saturday, August 22: LIVE AUCTION GALA AND RECEPTION, 5-9 pm, Reception, Live Auction, Dinner. Santa Fe's most glamourous event begins with the Silent Auction reception at La Terraza, the rooftop terrace, and culminates with the exciting Live Auction Gala and dinner in the Lumpkins Ballroom. Ticketed, call 505-983-5220, La Fonda on the Plaza
Sunday, August 23: NATIVE AMERICAN CLOTHING CONTEST, 9am-12am, Plaza Main Stage. Among the many cherished traditions at the Santa Fe Indian market, the Native American Clothing Contest is one of the most beloved and anticipated events. The contest includes categories for traditional and contemporary Native American fashions; featuring children and adult participants with award prizes in many categories
Sunday, August 23: INDIAN MARKET AFTER-PARTY, featuring a line-up Live Native Music, Skylight Santa Fe; 5pm, $5
Please see the official 2015 Santa Fe New Mexican Santa Fe Indian Market Guide for more details (will be available August 16, 2015)