"It can be hard to remember that Indian Market has more to offer visitors than the best annual Native art sale in the United States--perhaps the world--when more than 1,000 artists fill more than 600 booths in the 14 city blocks surrounding the Santa Fe Plaza with a
"It's important to remember that the Indian Market is above all a family event. To the causal observer, it may not be evident that there may be generations of artists sitting together under the same booth. Some artists have been participating in Indian Market 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and even 60+ years. The Indian Market is a direct reflection of the lives of Native people and the communities they represent; their artwork
The Indian Market attracts 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world. Buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists.
Other devoted customers arrive at a more reasonable hour--4:00 am.
One way to assess the success of the Market uses a monetary figure. The Market generates approximately $100 million in revenues for the City of Santa Fe.
As the vendors began closing up their booths, I saw these storyteller dolls and thought how rewarding it would have been to have heard a story from one of the elders.