In­vi­ta­tion­ally in­dige­nous

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While pot­tery and jew­elry are the main­stays of this year’s Na­tive Trea­sures In­dian Arts Fes­ti­val, some of the most stun­ning works fea­tured are painted on old checks, maps, re­ceipts, and ledgers by Black­feet artist Ter­rance Guardipee. His ledger paint­ings con­tinue a tra­di­tion be­gun by Na­tive Amer­i­can artists who made do when paper was scarce but govern­ment ledgers were plen­ti­ful on reser­va­tions. This free­wheel­ing in­ter­change be­tween the util­i­tar­ian and the artis­tic pre­dom­i­nates much of the Amer­i­can In­dian art on dis­play at the fes­ti­val. Now in its sixth year, Na­tive Trea­sures is an an­nual in­vi­ta­tional art show and sale that, this time around, in­cludes the work of roughly 200 artists from more than 40 tribes and pueb­los. The pro­ceeds of the show’s sales ben­e­fit the artists and the Mu­seum of In­dian Arts & Cul­ture, which has raised more than a quar­ter mil­lion dol­lars as the re­sult of the event over the last five years.

Some of the high­lights of this year’s show in­clude works by Lon­nie Vigil, a self-taught Nambé pot­ter who re­ceives the 2010 Liv­ing Trea­sures Award for his mi­ca­ceous pot­tery, which is sleek and con­tem­po­rary while be­ing con­structed in the tra­di­tional coil method. Other stand­outs in­clude works by Larry Chino, an Acoma artist who makes seed pots cov­ered in frac­tal geo­met­ric de­signs; Kath­leen Wall, a Je­mez Pue­blo sculp­tor who cre­ates whim­si­cal fig­ures of tra­di­tional clowns and sto­ry­tellers; and Pre­ston and De­bra Duwye­nie, a Hopi/Santa Clara Pue­blo hus­band-and-wife team who build el­e­gant mi­ca­ceous-clay wa­ter ves­sels in­laid with sgrafitto etch­ings of birds and flow­ers. Also on hand are Diné weavers whose work is sold through the famed Toadlena Trad­ing Post, lo­cated in the Navajo Nation in north­west­ern New Mex­ico.

Or­ga­niz­ers say that, in or­der to en­cour­age di­ver­sity and ap­peal to re­turn­ing vis­i­tors, a third of the show con­sists of work by artists new to the fes­ti­val. This year the Na­tive Trea­sures also has an emerg­ing-artists sec­tion that in­cludes work by col­lege-and high-school-aged artists. Along with all the art, the show fea­tures mu­sic and dance per­for­mances and food pro­vided by Cow­girl BBQ. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, May 22 (there is an early-bird mar­ket from 9 to 10 a.m.; ad­mis­sion is $15), and Sun­day, May 23, at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.). Ad­mis­sion is $5 on Satur­day and free on Sun­day; tick­ets are avail­able at the en­trance. Call 476-1250 or visit­tive­trea­sures­ for in­for­ma­tion. For tick­ets to the 5:30 p.m. Fri­day, May 21, pre­sale gala ben­e­fit, call 982-6366, Ext. 112.

Ter­rance Guardipee (Black­feet): Un­ti­tled, 2009, ledger paint­ing, 24 x 36 inches

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