The Santa Fe Indian Market is a big deal, the biggest and longest running of all the summer markets. Even if you don’t buy anything it’s a great chance to see what Native artists are doing. The most exciting time to be there is for the 7am opening on Saturday morning. Not only is the weather still relatively cool but you get to see the best of each artist before they sell out. Some artists sell everything by 9am on Saturday. If collectors have a favorite artist they may camp out near that booth so they have the best chance to get a coveted piece when the Market opens. Ir’s not unusual for a popular artist to have a signup sheet with 20 or 30 names of eager buyers. This is a photo of Santa Clara sculptor Roxanne Swentzell with her sculpture “Protection”. On the sculpture’s tag Swentzell has written, “Is she protecting the dog or is the dog protecting her? Sometimes we get things a bit backward.” Do you have favorite Indian Market memories or experiences?
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