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New Mexico has a long history of Native American traditional art that stretches across the kaleidoscopic canvas of our land. Weaving, pottery making, silversmithing, Kachina doll making, and other arts have been in existence before New Mexico was proclaimed a state in 1912, and much longer, even before Spanish colonists came from Mexico in the early 1600s. Using tools handed down from generation to generation, Native American artists spend countless hours to perfect the craft and preserve the tradition of their ancestors. New Mexico, also known as the State of the Arts, has more working artists, open studios, artist owned galleries, Fine Art galleries, specialty and artisan oriented shops than any other state in the union per capita, which means the time-honored craft of Native American art is readily available in every region.