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SWAIA 2022 Celebrates 100th Anniversary Indian Art Market


Niio Perkins, Niio Perkins Designs and Jaime Campbell of White Otter Designs at their SWAIA booth on Sunday. Many artists sell out by Saturday evening or Sunday morning, leaving only a few pieces of beadwork left.

The Southwestern Association for the Indian Arts (SWAIA) held its centennial Indian Arts Market on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 2022. The massive gathering of Indigenous artists convened in O'gah'poh geh Owingeh (White Shell Water Place), or Santa Fe, New Mexico, located on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Tewa people. This celebration of Indigenous art and ingenuity brings together delegates from hundreds of tribal nations every year to share their talent and creativity with the world.

This year was their first opportunity to host a full market since 2019, making sure to bring back time-honored traditions, including the crowd favorite Clothing Contest.

The long weekend also included the SWAIA Gala: "Shiny Drop" Centennial Party, which featured a fashion show, a live art auction, and an afterparty with live music and dancing.

Holly Pyke shows off her sweetgrass baskets along with her basketry skills.

The 2022 SWAIA fashion program expanded over two days, showcasing two full fashion shows with the first premiering on Saturday, August 20, at the Centennial Gala Party: Shiny Drop. The finale Indigenous Fashion Show took place on Sunday, August 21, at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Sunday's fashion show was immediately followed by an exclusive Trunk Show, limited to ticket holders of the SWAIA Fashion Show. Guests had the opportunity to buy and order directly from their favorite designers.

Kahnawake and Akwesasne were well represented. The following artists represented their brand of art: Skawennati, Designer, Mohawk, Kahnawake; Niio Perkins, Beadwork, Akwesasne Mohawk; Roger Perkins, Pop Art Paintings, Akwesasne Mohawk; Keira Pyke, Quill Work, Akwesasne Mohawk; Holly Pyke, Sweetgrass Baskets, Akwesasne Mohawk and Marjorie Skidders, Photography, Akwesasne Mohawk.


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