I would like to acknowledge that this gathering convenes in O’gah’poh geh Owingeh (White Shell Water Place), or Santa Fe, New Mexico, located on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Tewa people. This celebration of Indigenous art and ingenuity brings together artist
delegates from hundreds of tribal nations every year to share their talent and creativity with the world.
This year has been our first opportunity to plan a full market since 2019, so we made sure to bring back time-honored traditions, including the crowdfavorite Clothing Contest. It has been a wonderful experience to create programming for a weekend that is free of the limitations that we faced for our events in 2020 and 2021. We have planned many fun and exciting events for you to enjoy, and I am particularly looking forward to the SWAIA Gala: “Shiny Drop” Centennial Party, which will feature a fashion show, live art auction, and an afterparty with live music and dancing.
In addition, throughout this past year, we were able to cultivate SWAIA’s mission of developing strong partnerships. We’ve been able to forge new relationships with various organizations and individuals that could only come from in-person meetings, and I know you will notice a more enhanced experience due to this support of our allies.
Notably, we have increased the cash awards for artists, and our Best of Show award will be $30,000! We listened to the feedback of artists, sponsors, and donors. We heard what they wanted to see from our organization, and they came by our side to make so many things happen. Working with important partners, we were able to meet goals and exceed expectations.
Also this year, I was more involved with jurying, booth placements, and artist communications. I was able to serve artists in a very practical and hands-on way. It was a complete honor to learn more about who they are and connect with each artist in this way, with the goal of establishing stronger relationships with artists year after year.
We continue to have lofty goals for the organization. We’ve set a great foundation, and now we’re diversifying what we provide to the participants of Indian Market in order to promote sustainability and look forward to the next 100 years.
As we expand our digital platform and online presence, we invite you to celebrate art and support commerce 365 days a year. While we commemor
ate the past 100 years, we celebrate the ultimate prize — the future of SWAIA for the next 100 years. This is going to be a memorable weekend, and we hope you enjoy every inspiring minute of it.
Kimberly A. Peone
SWAIA Executive Director
(Colville Confederated Tribes/Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians