New Mexico History Museum

Palace Portal Artisans Summer Events

June 18, 2013


Besides selling authentic handmade artwork, jewelry, pottery and more beneath the Palace Portal, the Native American Artisans Program of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors brings back two of its most popular events this summer:

  • Begin collecting hand-crafted treasures from the next generation of Native artists at the annual Young Natives Arts & Crafts Show. Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Portal Program will demonstrate their arts and crafts in the Palace Courtyard from 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7. See the artwork, purchase refreshments, and strike up a relationship with an artist still learning his or her craft.
  • Take a break during the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market to enjoy the Palace Portal Artisans’ Celebration in the shady Palace Courtyard. From 10 am—5 pm, Aug. 17—18, portal artisans will offer music, hewekrtm art, raffles, a Native specialties food booth, Sno-Cones, pickles, and traditional Indian dances.

The events are free; enter through the Blue Gate south of the New Mexico History Museum's main entrance.

Download photos from past years' events by clicking on "Go to related media" at the top left of this page.

Along the south side of the Palace of the Governors, Native artists and craftspeople sell their handmade goods almost every day of the year, rain or shine. The 900+ participants in the Native American Artisans Program represent 41 tribes, pueblos, chapters and villages in New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, and parts of Arizona. A program of the New Mexico History Museum, its members adhere to rules regarding authenticity and traditional materials. All of their work is handmade and, through the Young Natives show, members provide the children an opportunity to learn artistic techniques and build on a business model that supports cultural economic development.

To make room for Indian Market, the artisans each year move into the Palace Courtyard and turn it into a party, Native American-style. Check out the music and dance, then extend your stay (in air-conditioned comfort!) by visiting the museum’s exhibits, including Cowboys Real and Imagined, exploring 500 years of the cowboy story in New Mexico. Also at the museum is SWAIA’s Native Cinema Showcase, Aug. 12—18, with free daily showings of feature films, documentaries and shorts.

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Palace of the Governors Portal

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