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Art, film and fashion pay homage to Native American culture this season

With the Santa Fe Indian Market to open this weekend, we take a look at how this season is honouring Native American Culture in a variety of creative genres.

art and culture Updated: Aug 18, 2016 12:12 IST
The Santa Fe Indian Market is celebrating its 95th birthday this year.
The Santa Fe Indian Market is celebrating its 95th birthday this year. (Museum of Indian Arts and Culture)

With the Santa Fe Indian Market to open this weekend, we take a look at how this season is honouring Native American Culture in a variety of creative genres, starting from the vibrant Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Native Art markets

Santa Fe Indian Market (August 20-21)

The largest Native American art show in the US, the Santa Fe Indian Market celebrates its 95th birthday this year with a diverse collection of artwork for visitors to buy and browse: from jewellery and pottery to textiles, paintings and beadwork, as well as a “Diverse Arts” section.

Clay and natural pigments. (Museum of Indian Arts and Culture)

The market signals the culmination of Indian Market Week, a week-long festival in Santa Fe featuring Native film, literature, music, fashion and visual art displays.

Santa Fe Indigenous Fine Art Market (August 18-20)

The IFAM is a non-profit organization that aims to promote Native culture by building and facilitating market places under the motto “Native Art is the Voice of Native People.”

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This year, for the IFAM’s third edition, 250 artists will be showing their creations a few blocks away from the Indian Market. The three-day event will also include contemporary visual artists and music performances.

Native Art exhibitions

Twenty-seven tribal nations are represented in Newark Museum’s recently redesigned Native American galleries as part of the new “Native Artists of North America” permanent exhibition, featuring over 200 rarely-exhibited artworks from the US and Canada. From October 22, Newark Museum, New Jersey.

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The successful travelling exhibition “Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art”, featuring work from 32 well-known Native American artists, has announced further dates for its US tour, which will pass through various states before winding up in Oklahoma in August 2017.

Teri Greeves (Kiowa/Comanche), ‘Beaded Book: Kiowa Ceremonial Dance’. (Museum of Indian Arts and Culture)

“Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art” is running through October 22, 2017, at the MIAC (Museum of Indian Arts and Culture) in Santa Fe. The show features almost 100 objects by more than fifty Native artists, under the theme of reinterpreting popular Western imagery through the lens of traditional Native culture stories.

Fashion and accessories

The Peabody Essex Museum’s travelling exhibition “Native Fashion Now” is leaving Portland on September 4 and moving on to the Philbrook Museum of Art. The exhibition celebrates indigenous designers from across the United States and Canada from the 1950s to today.

The Santa Fe Indian Market has put on show a diverse collection of artwork for visitors to buy and browse: from jewellery and pottery to textiles, paintings and beadwork. (Museum of Indian Arts and Culture)

There are also plenty of other ways to learn and appreciate how Native American culture has influenced the current fashion world, with jewellery designers, such as TurquoiseJewelry andSilverTribe, for example, designing dedicated collections for Native Indian culture to correspond with the Native Art markets.

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