August 12—When Santa Fe Indian Market shoppers tire of the heat and crowds, they can stop by the La Fonda Terrace this weekend to see more art and learn about “Indigenous Futures: Looking to the Next 100 Years.”
Organized by Illuminative, an indigenous women-led social justice organization, in partnership with the market’s umbrella organization, the Southwest Indian Art Association, the event will include panel discussions, film, fashion and artwork exploring the future of indigenous peoples.
“Seventy-eight percent of Americans don’t know anything about us,” said Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), founder and CEO of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Illuminati.
“Throughout history, Native artists weren’t just exploitative and de facto, but in the beginning, Native artists weren’t even allowed to participate, let alone sell there,” she said. “On their centennial year, we want to not only celebrate Native arts, cultures, leadership and the beauty of our bodies, but also reclaim our narratives and our power.”
She added that most Americans are exposed to racist stereotypes and sadistic views of alcoholic Indians who get free government money.
“It’s a 100-year history that’s far from positive; it’s been exploitation,” she says.
Panel discussions will focus on women’s leadership and gender issues, the future of indigenous TV, climate change and the meaning of climate justice.
“What does it mean to preserve our indigenous culture and art and spiritual life?” Echo Hawk asked.
Curator, featured artist, and Chemowave photographer Cara Romero brings works by 22 prominent Native artists, including Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo), and Diane Whitehawk Polk (Sicangu Lakota). ), Adrian Standing Elk Pinkoose (Navajo/Southern Ute), Kanupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Hidasa-Arikara-Lakota), Nani Chacon (Religion), and others.
Joey Montoya, founder and CEO of San Diego-based Urban Native Era, brings fashion to the event.
“Santa Fe’s Indian market is a hub for indigenous jewelry, fashion and design,” he said. “It is India’s fashion week built by indigenous thought leaders and visionaries. This year’s market will be a model for the next 100 years.”
‘Indigenous Futures: Envisioning the Next 100 Years’.
When: Noon to 6pm Saturday, August 20; Sunday, August 21, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
Where: La Terraza at La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe
How much: $250 both days; $150 single day, plus fees, at eventbrite.com