HON­OR­ING MOTHER EARTH: NA­TIVE TREA­SURES IN­DIAN ARTS FES­TI­VAL

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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

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