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Looking Forward to Santa Fe Indian Market

Next week thousands of people will visit Santa Fe as it once again becomes the hub of the Native American Indian art world. SWAIA’s 92nd Annual Santa Fe Indian Market is slated to begin Monday, August 12th with events scheduled throughout the week, culminating in the two-day Weekend art show in the Plaza.

Looking Forward to Santa Fe Indian MarketPalms Trading Company will be open, and we hope to see many of you here to experience the magic of Southwest art. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Market:

The Mission

The Santa Fe Indian Market is not just a casual art show. Of course, visitors can stroll around the plaza to simply appreciate the beauty of the work on display, but the week full of events is intended to carry out SWAIA’s mission of “cultural preservation, intercultural understanding and providing economic opportunities for American Indians through excellence in the arts” (

The week’s events celebrate Native American Indian history, tradition and culture, showcase and honor accomplished artists and their work as well as provide the opportunity for new artists to gain recognition and exposure. The Market is not limited to Native American Indian artists from the Southwestern Pueblos. Artists from tribes and Nations around the country participate, highlighting the cultural diversity and range of artistic styles, techniques and traditions among the Native American Indian population.

The Schedule

Santa Fe Indian Market runs from Monday, August 12th until Sunday, August 18th. The week is full of events to appeal to all ages, a wide array of artistic interests and varying levels of familiarity with the Native American Indian art world.

Free Events




August 12-18 Varies 13th Annual Native Cinema Showcase
August 15 6:00pm – 9:00pm Classification X Award Winners Film Screening
8:30pm – 11:30pm 1st Annual Santa Fe Indian Market Launch Party
August 16 3:00pm – 4:30pm State of Native Arts Symposium
August 17 9:00am – 5:00pm Suppliers Market
11:30am – 12:30pm Lifetime Achievement Awards Presentation
12:30pm – 1:00pm Hip Hop Fashion Show
August 18 9:00am – 12:00pm Native American Clothing Contest


Ticketed Events




August 16 11:30am – 2:00pm Best of Show Ceremony
7:30pm – 9:30pm General Preview of Award Winning Art
August 17 5:00pm – 9:30pm Live Auction Gala

Of course, the most popular event is simply the weekend where art collectors, art aficionados and anyone captivated by Native American Indian culture can commingle with the artists around the Plaza. In addition to the opportunity to see and buy authentic Native American Indian art, people can also enjoy entertainment on the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Cultural Stage on the Plaza, which will feature Native American Indian music, dances and performances by renowned artists, like Radmilla Cody (singer) and Tony Duncan (hoop dancer and cane flutist). Kids can also enjoy hands-on learning experiences at the Children’s Activity Tent.

For a complete list of events, details and ticket information, visit the Santa Fe Indian Market Events page.