The annual Santa Fe Indian Market, which is celebrating its centennial this year, is at once a festive, multigenerational reunion of family and friends; a chance for artists to compete for awards and recognition; a multimillion-dollar economic engine for Santa Fe and New Mexico; and an important source of income for Native American artists and their communities.
“People come from all over the world — Germany, Paris, Japan — to see all of our artists in one spot in a single weekend,” said Ken Williams Jr., who manages the Case Trading Post sales room at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe. Mr. Williams, who is Arapaho and Seneca, used to show his own beadwork at Indian Market.
“It’s a great thing that this is still going after a hundred years,” he said by phone. “It’s a great place for the artist to be.”