New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Independent Native Films, Artist Talks, Art & Anthropological Exhibitions and more at New Mexico’s Museums and Historic Sites during Indian Market Week Aug. 12–19, 2018

August 03, 2018


(Santa Fe, New Mexico)— The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs announces a dozen experiences related to Native American culture—ranging from an independent film festival- the Native Cinema Showcase, to artist talks, to art and anthropological exhibitions— coinciding with Santa Fe Indian Market Week, Aug. 12–19. The Department manages New Mexico’s museums and historic sites. 

 Ongoing Exhibitions

NATIVE ART EXHIBITION: What’s New in New: Selections from the Carol Warren Collection

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

See more than 200 works of art, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and textiles, from some of Santa Fe’s most prominent contemporary Native artists including Tony Abeyta, Tammy Garcia, Dan Namingha and Jody Naranjo. The exhibition, co-curated by, C.L. Kieffer Nail, Antonio Chavarria and Valerie Verzuh, not only highlights outstanding contemporary artists, but also features works from multigenerational families of artists. The collection was donated to MIAC by Carol Warren, a volunteer in the museum’s Collections Department for more than 20 years. 

JEWELRY EXHIBITION: Maria Samora: Master of Elegance

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

Marvel at the elegant, minimalist jewelry designs of Taos Pueblo artist, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Living Treasure, and 2018 Native

Treasurers Featured Artist Maria Samora.

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY EXHIBITION: Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

Savor more than 100 seldom-seen objects dating from the late 1880s to the present. These cultural objects represent the lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans, that is, different Apachean groups in New Mexico and Arizona. These groups are: Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Fort Sill Apache (Chiricahua), San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache. Cultural objects include basketry, beaded clothing, hunting gear and horse gear. 


New Mexico Archaeology, 7 Old Cochiti Road, Santa Fe

Projectile points are among the most iconic images of archaeology in the American Southwest. This exhibition focuses on some of the projectile points, such as arrowheads, spearheads, and knife blades, that are commonly found here in New Mexico from Paleoindian times (13,500 years ago), through the Archaic and into Puebloan times (1,260 to 110 years ago) as well as some of the exotic points that have come to New Mexico from California and Texas. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY EXHIBITION: Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

Walk miles in another’s moccasins—metaphorically, that is. What do a person’s shoes tell us about their culture, environment, gender, age and social status? This exhibition unveils sandals dating back thousands of years found in the dry caves of New Mexico and nearby regions as well as a significant collection of Plains and Southwest moccasins, many beautifully beaded or quilled. It concludes with examples of contemporary footwear made by artists like Teri Greeves, Lisa Telford and Emil Her Many Horses, showing how traditional designs and techniques are now being used to create gorgeous, meaningful shoes in the 21st century.

ART AND FASHION EXHIBITION: Beadwork Adorns the World

Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

See extraordinary, ornate beadwork from around the world, including that of Native American cultures. Understand how a small glass bead made on the island of Murano (Venice, Italy) or in the mountains of Bohemia (The Czech Republic) can travel around the world, entering into the cultural life of people far distant.  

FOLK ART AND TEXTILE EXHIBITION: Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru

Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

This exhibition explores the new directions taken by current Peruvian folk artists—many of them indigenous people—during the recent decades of social and political upheaval and economic change. The exhibition highlights the biographies and social histories of contemporary artists along with examples of work that preserves family tradition, reimagines older artforms, reclaims pre-Columbian techniques and styles, and forges new directions for arte popular in the 21st century. 

ART EXHIBITION: Memory Weaving: Works by Melanie Yazzie

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe

Memory Weaving by Project Indigene Artist Melanie Yazzie is a sweeping exhibition of works by the Navajo artist and educator who works in the diverse media of printmaking, acrylic painting, and bronze sculpture. Museum admission required.

Daily Events During Market Week

Saturday, August 11, 2018 through September 16, 2018

Every One, by Cannupa Hanska Luger

Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The monumental installation Every One, by Cannupa Hanska Luger, kicks off Santa Fe Indian Market Week, when it will be exhibited at the Museum of International Folk Art. Luger’s Every One is the eresult of a social collaboration conceived and created by the artist, who invited communities from across the U.S. and Canada to create two-inch-diameter clay beads. Each of the resulting 4,000 handmade clay beads represents an indigenous individual who has been the victim of gender violence. Strung together, they form a portrait based on a photograph by First Nations photographer Kali Spitzer. Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian) is one of 16 artists participating in Project Indigene, a collaboration of eight prominent Santa Fe institutions, designed to examine perspectives and create awareness of some of the issues facing indigenous art today. No Reception.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

CULTURAL CELEBRATION: Pueblo Independence Day 

Jemez Historic Site, 18160 NM-4, Jemez Springs

7 a.m.—3 p.m. 

Jemez Historic Site is the stone ruins of a 500-year-old Native village converted to a Mission upon the arrival of Spanish colonists. It is near present-day Jemez Pueblo. Come join us for our 15th annual commemoration of Pueblo Independence Day. On August 10, 1680—the Pueblo People of New Mexico—aided by Apache and Navajo allies—launched a successful rebellion against Spanish colonization. Commemorative activities will begin with a pilgrimage run from Walatowa plaza in Jemez Pueblo to Giusewa Pueblo kiva at Jemez Historic Site (approximately a half-marathon or 13 miles). Participating in this run, or supporting a runner, is a way to pay tribute to the Ancestors and show appreciation for the sacrifices they made. Their brave resistance helped preserve the Pueblo way of life: our culture, our languages and our right to one day reclaim our aboriginal lands. The run begins at 7 a.m., and the general public is welcome to participate. Volunteers will provide water stations at one-mile intervals, and a shuttle service for slow runners will be available. At 10 a.m., guest speakers will welcome all the runners and their sponsors to the site. The following festivities, between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., will feature Jemez traditional dances and Native American flute music. There will also be authentic Native arts, crafts and food for sale. Free event. For info: (575) 829-3530.

Tuesday, Aug. 14–Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018


New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe

See full schedule of screenings below

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, in association with the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, present the 18th annual Native Cinema Showcase during the Santa Fe Indian Market, featuring dozens of films from many of today’s most celebrated Native American filmmakers. Free.  

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

ARTIST TALK: People to People—Michael Namingha

New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe

12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m. 

Curator of Photography Katherine Ware talks with multidisciplinary Hopi artist Michael Namingha about landscape photography and issues of land use in the New Mexico Museum of Art’s current exhibition Shifting Light: Photographic Perspectives. Namingha’s current body of work explores the vanishing and changing landscape of the American West. Meet on the second floor of the museum in the Roland Gallery. Free with museum admission.

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

ARTIST TALK: Just Bead It! Native Artists Discuss Their Intricate Work

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe 3–5 p.m. in the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater 

Co-sponsored by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art, artists Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Lakota Sioux), Hollis Chitto (Choctaw/Laguna/Isleta Pueblo), and John Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo) will discuss their artistic techniques. Held in conjunction with the MIAC exhibition Stepping Out, 10,000 Years of Walking the West and the MOIFA exhibition Beadwork Adorns the World. Funded by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Free with admission. 

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

ARTIST TALK: Cannupa Hanska Luger

Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe 

2 p.m. 

Santa Fe Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger and participants in his social engagement and ceramic installation Every One, a work of art and activism about the more than 4,000 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. Created in collaboration with photographer Kali Spitzer and numerous contributing individuals and organizations whose handmade beads rehumanize the statistics of gender violence.

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

LIVE MUSIC: Spanish Guitar Music of Roberto Capocchi

New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Avenue, Santa Fe

6–7 p.m., St. Francis Auditorium 

The New Mexico Museum of Art and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival present a free concert of Roberto Capocchi in celebration of Santa Fe Indian Market.

Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 18 & 19, 2018

Palace of the Governors Portal Artists

9 a.m. - 4 p.m

Enter at Blue gate on Lincoln Ave. to visit with the artists 

Portal Artists re-located to the Palace courtyard during Indian Market.

Saturday-Sunday Aug. 18 -19, 2018

97th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The 97th Santa Fe Indian Market transforms the City of Santa Fe, with nearly 1,000 of the continent’s finest Native American artists showing their work in booths filling the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding streets. The Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world.


 Tuesday, Aug. 14

7 p.m.: Dawnland (2018, 86 min.)

Discussion follows with Esther Anne (Passamaquoddy), co-director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, and Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole).

Wednesday, Aug. 15

1 p.m.: More Than a Word (2017, 70 min.)

        Museum director Kevin Gover will offer remarks.

3 p.m.:    Tribal Justice (2017, 90 min.)

7 p.m.:    Waru (2017, 86 min.)

        The film is shown in English and M?ori with English subtitles.

Thursday, Aug. 16

1 p.m.:    Family Dynamics Shorts Program (76 min. total)

        These short films focus on the unique complexities of what it means to be family.

3 p.m.:    Reclamation Shorts Program (78 min. total)

        These short films are about reclaiming and preserving cultural identity.

7 p.m.:    Moroni for President (2018, 78 min.)

Friday, Aug. 17

1 p.m.: Future Focused Shorts Program (56 min. total)

        This program of family-friendly short films is fun for kids of all ages.

3 p.m.:    “State of the Art” conversation

7 p.m.: Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier (2017, 44 min)

        Discussion follows with directors Shane Belcourt (Me?tis) and Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe).

Saturday, Aug. 18

1 p.m.:    Future Voices of New Mexico (90 min. total)

This program examines the Future Voices of New Mexico filmmaking project and is introduced by Marcella Ernest (Bad River Band of Ojibwe), project director.

3 p.m.:    Kayak to Klemtu (2017, 90 min.)

8 p.m.:    Coco (2017, 105 min.) 

        Screened outdoors at the Santa Fe Railyard Park Screen.

Sunday, Aug. 19

1 p.m.:    Rise Above Shorts Program (87 min.) 

These shorts focus on rising above adversity and learning life’s lessons.

3 p.m.:    Out of State (2017, 79 min.) 

    All screenings and post-discussions are subject to change. 



About the National Museum of the American Indian: The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

About the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts: SWAIA’s ( mission is to bring Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education and creating meaningful partnerships. The 96th annual Santa Fe Indian Market will display the work of more than 900 artists from 200 federally recognized tribes in more than 665 booths for a two-day period.

About the New Mexico History Museum: Opened in May 2009, as the state system’s newest museum, the New Mexico History Museum is attached to the Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark, a distinctive emblem of U.S. history and the original seat of New Mexico government. The history museum serves as an anchor of the campus that includes Palace of the Governors, the Palace Press, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library and Photo Archives. The museum presents exhibitions and public programs that interpret historical events and reflect on the wide range of New Mexico historical experiences. It is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is located at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe. Events, news releases and images about activities at the history museum and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at

About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs: Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico’s arts and cultural heritage agencies. These include 15 divisions representing a variety of programs and services. Among its primary functions is the management of the largest state sponsored museum system in the country. New Mexico’s historic sites and state-run museums are located across the state and include: New Mexico Historic Sites, Statewide; New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces; and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque






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