Santa Fe Indian Market celebrates 100 years

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SANTA FE, N.M. – An event showcasing Native artists just wrapped up day one in the 100th year for the “Santa Fe Indian Market.”

There were tons of unique pieces of all price ranges and the Santa Fe city plaza was filled with people as the rain did not stop the excitement. 

“Rain or shine we’re going to be here,” said Carson Vicenti artist from Jicarilla Apache. 

Vicenti has been at the Santa Fe Indian Market on and off for the last 25 years, and this year he says not even the rain can stop him from sharing his work. 

“It’s really exciting, I really like the Indian Market, it’s really the only place I sell I don’t do galleries or anything like that, so this is my venue,” said Vicenti. 

It’s a venue that’s been hosting artists for 100 years this year. 

First-time goers say they love to see so many different cultures on display all at once. 

“It’s been good, looking at everyone like different types of culture, of Native Americans their art. There’s Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, Pueblo, so it’s really cool,” said Tracie Honyumetewya.

The market gives buyers and artists a unique opportunity to connect.

“I enjoy just meeting people, talking to them, talking about art. There was one man who came in here, he was more of a critic and not a buyer and that was fine too because I like to talk about art and stuff like that too,” Vicenti said. 

Market-goers say it’s very easy to find something you’ll love. 

“First time here at the market and oh my gosh, it’s a very good experience, you know? I bought some beautiful jewelry and rings so yea it’s amazing,” said Lita Kelley. 

Opening day may have been a little rainy, but it certainly didn’t dampen any spirits.

“It feels like kind of a joyful celebration of so many cultures,” said Beth Sandweiss.