Santa Fe’s week of Native American art draws thousands

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A series of premiere Native American art and antiquities markets packed into a single week in Santa Fe are expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the New Mexico capital.

The markets range from the Antique American Indian Art Show— which features pre-1950s Native American art — to the Santa Fe Indian Market, where 1,000 artists show their work on the city’s historic plaza and surrounding streets for what organizers say is the world’s largest juried show of indigenous artwork.

Organizers estimate Santa Fe Indian Market alone has attracted about 150,000 people and roughly $80 million to the city in recent years.

It officially begins Saturday but a film festival that starts Tuesday and a Friday night preview featuring the year’s award winning pieces lead up to the main, two-day market.

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