HONORING MOTHER EARTH: NATIVE TREASURES INDIAN ARTS FESTIVAL
The 12th annual Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival, featuring works by more than 200 artists from over 40 tribes and pueblos, takes place on Memorial Day weekend, from Friday, May 27, to Sunday, May 29.
Hopi/Tewa artist Dan Namingha, who was named the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s “Living Treasure” for 2016, serves as ambassador for the festival. “Mother Earth” is this year’s theme. “In the Hopi creation myth, and most Native American creation myths, we are allowed to be here on this earth, but only provided we care for it and treat it with respect,” Namingha said.
The 2016 honoree, who is the subject of the exhibition Landscape of an Artist: Living Treasure Dan Namingha, at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture through Sept. 11, is the great-great-grandson of the renowned Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo. She inspired family members over several generations to make art, among them her daughters Fannie Nampeyo and Annie Healing. Namingha, the son of Hopi potter Dextra Quotskuyva, grew up at Tewa Village on First Mesa on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. He came to Santa Fe in 1963 to enroll in the Institute of American Indian Arts and also studied at the University of Kansas in Lawrence and at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His festival award was fashioned by sisters Keri Ataumbi and Teri Greeves, who were the Living Treasure award recipients for 2015.
Jewelry, pottery, painting, sculpture, carvings, textiles, mixed-media, and glass art are all represented in festival works. The iconography — in line with the earthy theme — includes raven, dragonfly, coyote, butterfly, bear, and beetle figures. The weekend festival includes artist demonstrations, live music, and food.
The festival schedule begins on Friday, May 27, with a pre-show celebration ($125) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Included are a sale of art, a Dan Namingha honoring ceremony, and serving of hors d’oeuvres, wine, and champagne. Call 505-982-6366, Ext. 116 for tickets. On Saturday, May 28, early-bird shopping ($25) is available from 9 to 10 a.m.; the main festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with $10 admission; tickets at the door. On Sunday, May 29, admission is free for the festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year, all Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival events are at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.). For more information, see www.nativetreasures.org. — Paul Weideman
Left, pottery by Frederica Antonio; center, cuff with raven design by Teri Greeves; bottom, ladybug sculpture by Cliff Fragua Images courtesy the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture