97th Annual Indian Market | KOB 4

97th Annual Indian Market

Kai Porter
August 21, 2018 11:22 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. - The largest Native American art event in the world begins in Santa Fe on Saturday.


The 97th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market is expected to attract more than 120,000 visitors from all over the world, and roughly 1,000 Native artists from more than 200 tribes in the United States and Canada.

Indian Market spans 17 city blocks in downtown Santa Fe and attracts visitors from around the globe.

"Where I come from in South Dakota it's really an art desert, a food desert, everything,” said Kevin Pourier. “We come here and meet up with our friends and we talk about art and we talk about community and it's so good to be surrounded by all that creative energy."

Pourier took home the best in show prize for a belt he created which features pictures of influential Native women.

"They're from the grassroots who don't get any attention to the national figures who have done a lot for Native advocacy around the country," he said.

We also met Terresa White, an artist from Portland, Oregon, who took home a best in class award for a piece in the sculpture category.

"The whole thing is bewildering,” said White. “This is so big and there are so many people involved in the production of this event and amazing artists. I have no idea how I got right here."


Kai Porter

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