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.
PR & MARKETING DIRECTOR
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.
MEMBERSHIP & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
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.
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.
FINANCE | BOOKKEEPER
Yvonne brings more than twenty years of finance experience. She has also been a volunteer for search and rescue since 2001.
FRONT DESK | ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
Janie Reano | Kewa
Janie Reano is from the Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa), New Mexico and a member of the Parrot clan. She worked for Intel Corporation for 23 years in various roles; manufacturing technician, trainer/technical writer, construction and facilities. Janie is an artist working in mosaic inlay and wire work. She’s been involved with SWAIA as a volunteer and artist since her teens.
Eric Villegas | Acoma Pueblo
At SWAIA, Eric helps Native American artists and others who are interested in the Santa Fe Indian Market by supporting meaningful experiences with artist services. Before joining SWAIA, Eric has volunteered as an artist advocate while focusing his academic efforts on reservation art entrepreneurship. His passion for art, being rooted in Acoma artistry, has grown through community engagement. Eric encourages artists to benefit from their artwork and transform creativity into constructive interactions.
INDIAN MARKET SEASONAL STAFF
Amber Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika), Fashion Show Producer
Loni Bernally (Diné), Convention Center Zone Manager
Clinton Coriz (Absentee Shawnee/Kewa/Choctaw), Logistics Coordinator
Angelica Gallegos, IM:EDGE Zone Manager
Georgia Garcia, Barricade Zone Manager
Gayle Gertler, Merchandise Zone Manager
Gina Lovato-Tafoya (Kewa), Membership Assistant
Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfoot), Native Cinema Showcase Liaison
Jamie Schulze (Northern Cheyenne/Lakota), Volunteer Coordinator
Laura Sippel, Artist Services Assistant
Gregory “Goiyo” Perez, Signage and Stages Zone Manager
Aliyah Shutiva (Acoma Pueblo), Marketing Intern