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The Santa Fe Indian Market©

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Pueblo at Dusk by Dan Namingha, 1987 Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian

For the past 88 years, the Santa Fe Indian Market© in New Mexico has been a hotspot for the cultural arts – both traditional and cutting edge. Every August, over 1000 artists arrive in the city to sell their jewelry, pottery, paintings, basketry, and beadwork. Surrounding this annual event held since 1922, are gallery openings, art shows, and opportunities to mingle and network with artists, cultural historians, and connoisseurs of Native arts.

A combined effort between Native artists and museum curators, the gathering was seen as an opportunity to bring two cultures together. Non-Natives would learn about indigenous cultures while appreciating Native arts as valuable high art rather than as trinkets and souvenirs. Francis La Flesche, a well respected ethnologist and Omaha Indian, addressed the need for systematic production, steady markets, and the maintenance of adequate prices for the art movement to continue.

Decades later, the Santa Fe Indian Market© has succeeded in combining respect for beautiful, well-made Native artwork while appreciating the economic benefits to Native communities who participate. The result is a world class market that attracts approximately 80,000 people each year, and a valuable $100 million in tourism revenues to the state.

Plus, the jewelry is simply gorgeous.

Explore the world of Native Arts on our The Santa Fe Indian Market© tour this summer.

What would you buy at the Santa Fe Indian Market©?

Albuquerque by Air

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Tom Crouch is Senior Curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum, and many Smithsonian Journeys travelers have had the pleasure of attending the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta with his knowledgeable guidance. Tom is now completing his latest book, Lighter than Air: A Concise History of Balloons and Airships. Click here to learn more about Tom and traveling with him.

There is nothing quite like Balloon Fiesta! For nine days every October, the sky over Albuquerque is filled with hundreds of colorful balloons in all shapes and sizes. There are mass ascensions, when as many as 600 balloons will take to the air in less than two hours. Visitors to the Fiesta watch as pilots compete to see who can come closest to a target. The intrepid aeronauts entered in the America’s Challenge gas balloon race will launch one evening, with the prize going to the team that flies the farthest before landingoften thousands of miles and many days later. Then there are the special shapesballoons shaped like animals, snowmen, flowers, advertising iconsyou name it. At the end of each day, Fiesta Park “glows” as hundreds of hot air balloons fire their burners and light up their envelopes while tethered to the ground. Fireworks cap the evening festivities.

Balloons fill the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo: Courtesy Flickr user dherrera_96

Balloons fill the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo: Courtesy Flickr user dherrera_96

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Photo: Art of Santa Fe

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Photo: Alyssa Bobst

Personal collectibles at an artist’s home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo: Alyssa Bobst

Santa Fe, New Mexico has long been an epicenter for the arts, with more than 300 galleries and dealers, as well a dozen museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts. One of only nine cities in the world to be designated a UNESCO Creative City, Santa Fe is home to many programs dedicated to help emerging artists hone their craft. Artist Georgia O’Keeffe famously called New Mexico home, where the stunning landscapes inspired her work since her first visit there in 1929.

Click here to learn more about The Art and Spirit of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Click here to learn more about our Christmas in Santa Fe tour.

The Day I Met Georgia O'Keeffe

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I first met Georgia O’Keeffe on a spring morning. I had been invited to meet her because of my job as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico. I had studied her and knew that she could be cranky and that younger women fawning over her was one of her pet peeves. Nevertheless I could not resist bringing her some white lilacs from a beautiful old bush that had been planted by one of her old enemies, Edgar Hewett*.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Only One. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Only One. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

So, like so many others, I watched as she came out of her Abiquiu house, dressed in black, looking exactly as she did in the famous photos, and wearing the spiral Calder brooch. I was struck speechless.

As I was introduced, she looked hard at me and said: “Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, how did they let that happen?” I had no idea what to say, so I didn’t say anything, and she went on: “A woman, how did they let that happen? Come in.”

“I brought you some lilacs.” I finally ventured.

“They are dead,” she said. She was right; they were. It had been a hot drive from Santa Fe and I didn’t have the stems in water. “We have very good lilacs here in Abiquiu.” “I know,” I said, “but these are the last lilacs from a bush planted by Edgar Hewett.”

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