Native American Events & Markets

Nowhere else in the United States have so many ancient Indian rituals and customs survived as in New Mexico. Anyone who has stood on the edge of a sun-filled pueblo plaza and watched as ceremonially attired dancers move gracefully to the resonating drums can attest to the profound relationship between the land and her chosen caretakers.

Celebrate this heritage at annual events that attract patrons and visitors alike from around the world – from the traditional, like the Navajo Nation Fair and arts and crafts fairs at Zuni Pueblo and Ohkay Owingeh; to the ceremonial, like community Pueblo feast days and dances and the annual Mescalero Apache Ceremonial; to the world famous Santa Fe Indian Market, Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque and the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial.

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

“...All events are open to the public, and photos are encouraged.”

Nearly 3,000 American Indian dancers and singers representing more than 700 tribes of Canada and the United Stated will gather in Albuquerque for the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow at The Pit at the University of New Mexico.

Activities and events include competition Indian singing and dancing. Indian traders market, and a street fair on Pow Wow Alley, filled with aisles of shopping, and native foods and music.

The Indian Trader's Market offers a very special shopping experience and exhibition of Native artifacts from throughout the Americas featuring over 800 artists, crafters and traders, and the crowning of Miss Indian World. All events are open to the public, and photos are encouraged.

The Gathering of Nations is a Native American Indian 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1983 to promote Native American, American Indian (indigenous) culture and tradition, and dispel stereotypes created about Native American Indian and indigenous people. Among many contributions to the Native American community, the Gathering of Nations founded and funds the Academic Scholarship Foundation for Native American students.

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The Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

“...The annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience with family and friends”

The Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial – complete with Indian art sales and exhibits, tribal dances, the All-Indian Rodeo, parades, rug auctions, and Indian Art Village – is held annually in Gallup and nearby Red Rock Park (RRP).

The annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience with family and friends. The Ceremonial represents what it means to be a Native American, and is a cultural experience cherished and treasured by its many visitors. It is a highlight of New Mexico’s annual calendar of events, and one not to be missed.

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Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival

“...Please join us and support your favorite artists and the Museum at the same time!”

Join us for Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival,  Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale. Over 200 Native American artists participate, each of whom is specially invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. In fact, many of the artists at Native Treasures are included in the Museum’s permanent collection.

Participating artists represent a wide range of tribes and pueblos, as well as a wide range of art forms, from traditional to contemporary, and from emerging artists to masters.

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Santa Fe Convention Center

Show: Saturday, May 23:

  • Early Birds 9-10 am ($20)
  • General Admission 10-5 ($10)
  • All tickets available at entrance

Sunday, May 24: General Admission 10-5 (free)

Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Each artist generously donates a portion of sales to the Museum’s programs.

Please join us and support your favorite artists and the Museum at the same time!

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The SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market

“...Santa Fe Indian Market gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience”

Santa Fe Plaza plays host to the most prestigious Native American arts show in the world - the annual Santa Fe Indian Market is a week of exciting events - every August culminating with the market on Saturday and Sunday. This one-of-a-kind event provides a unique opportunity to buy directly from Native American artists from across North America.

“Santa Fe Indian Market gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience,” said Monique Jacobson, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, “and is an integral part of life in the Land of Enchantment. I encourage everyone to experience its wonder and enjoy the beauty of the arts created by this state’s premier residents. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is to be commended for its continued sponsorship.”

The Santa Fe Indian Market has long been the place where Native American art meets the world. Join thousands of collectors, artists, volunteers and visitors who return from across the United States and the world to join in the festivities that celebrate American Indian culture and artistry.

Nearly 1,200 artists will be presenting their newest and best work for sale and admiration. Experience the best of Native culture by seeing the clothing contest, tasting fry bread and other Native foods provided by our vendors, and visiting the youth participants throughout the Market.

The outdoor market provides a unique place to meet and buy directly from the nation’s top Native American artists, including youth, who represent nearly 100 tribes. Demonstrations by Native American groups and artists allow visitors a chance to learn more about different tribal and artistic traditions. A book booth sells educational and informative books with signings by Native authors, and American Indian food vendors offer delicious Native food choices for visitors.

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Winter Indian Market

The 9th Annual Winter Indian Market® will be held Thanksgiving weekend, November 29-30, 2014 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

A smaller, more intimate version of summer Santa Fe Indian Market®--an event that attracts 150,000 visitors to Santa Fe each August--Winter Indian Market® is held during Santa Fe's magical winter season. Winter Indian Market® gives visitors an opportunity to spend time interacting with their favorite artists and the opportunity to discover new ones.

Saturday, November 29, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, November 30, 10am to 5pm 
Admission is $10 per day. $15 for a weekend pass. Members and children (12 and under) are free. Tickets are available at the door.

This year's show includes: 

  • 200+ Native artists from the US and Canada
  • Silent auction including artwork donated by SWAIA artists and fabulous items from local businesses
  • Festival of Trees reception and benefit auction Sat, November 29, 5-7pm
  • Live Entertainment
  • Gift Wrapping Booth
  • Children's Activities

All events will take place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St. Santa Fe, NM 87501

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