Tidbits: Native American art, Zozobra and more…

It’s the busiest week of the year in Santa Fe – Indian Market, the new Indigenous Fine Arts Market (IFAM) and lots of shows and events in conjunction with these. The town is packed with people from all around the world who come to view and buy some of the best Native American art on the planet. Will you be here?

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo is a nominee for 10 Best Native American Experiences photo/Steve Collins

It’s fitting that 10best.com is holding voting for the 10 Best Native American Experiences during Indian Market Week. New Mexico has five nominees on the list of 20: Acoma Sky City (currently in first place); the annual Gathering of the Nations and PowWow and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (both in Albuquerque); Taos Pueblo, and Santa Fe Indian Market. You can vote once a day. Vote and boost all the NM entrants into the top 10.

Santa Fe food


Food truckin’ at FUZE SW 2013, photo/Steve Collins

The 2nd annual FUZE SW – Food + Folklore Festival will be held in Santa Fe from Friday, September 12th through Sunday, September 14th. The event takes place on Museum Hill at both the International Folk Art Museum and the adjacent Milner Plaza. This year’s topic: Native American foodways and how they have influenced New Mexico’s unique culinary traditions. Two full days of panel discussions, workshops, hands-on activities and food are scheduled with an impressive roster of presenters.. While there are meals and tastings throughout the weekend, the dining highlight is Saturday night’s buffalo feast, a dining extravaganza featuring locally raised buffalo and locally grown accompaniments. On Sunday, the public is invited to the all day (11am to 4pm), free of charge, FUZE.SW MarketPlace on Museum Hill. New Mexico-grown, produced and prepared foods will be offered for sale by local vendors. And there will be lots of tastes, too. Events for the entire family include cooking demonstrations, bread making in an horno (traditional wood-fired clay oven), cookbook signings, a green chile roast and Native American music and dance performances. If you get hungry, there will also be food trucks selling their wares. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, across the road, will be offering free tours. Conference registration information, events and a list of presenters can be found on their website.

Santa Fe art

There are is a ton of art events in conjunction with Indian Market. You’ll find some in this Tidbits post. For a complete listing of Friday night art openings, buy the Santa Fe New Mexican on Friday and check the back of their weekly Pasatiempo magazine insert.

Allan Houser "Medicine Man" at The Compound Restaurant Santa Fe

Allan Houser “Medicine Man” at The Compound Restaurant, photo/Steve Collins

Renowned American Indian sculptor Allan Houser would have been 100 this year and there are events and exhibitions commemorating it. Their annual Allan Houser Sculpture Garden Open House on Saturday August 23rd, and Sunday August 24th, runs from 10am to 4pm both days. If you haven’t been out to see the amazing sculpture garden, here, take advantage of their invitation as usually there’s a charge to tour the property.

Douglas Miles work will be shown at the Allan Houser Gallery, courtesy Allan Houser Gallery photo/courtesy Allan Houser Gallery

Douglas Miles’ work willl be shown at  the Allan Houser Gallery, photo/courtesy Allan Houser Gallery

They also are holding an opening for Apache-Akimel O’odham street artist Douglas Miles at their downtown gallery on Lincoln Avenue on Friday, August 22nd from 5 to 7pm. Miles, who’s been compared to Michel Basquiat, is known for his “satirical approach using Native American subject matter and historic imagery in non-museum and gallery settings.” The works on view are painted on unusual surfaces such as recycled signage, found objects, a 1960’s era luggage set, and skateboard frames.

The gallery dance

There have been a few changes in the gallery scene. Sherwood’s American Indian Artifacts had moved from their long-time Paseo de Peralta home to 128 West Palace Avenue, the space formerly occupied by Wadle Galleries. Sherwood’s former spot is now home to the Gerald Peters Gallery and their former building now houses Peters Project, showcasing contemporary art.

Santa Fe theater

Felix Cordova as Governor Thoothanna, photo/ courtesy Santa Fe Playhouse

Felix Cordova as Governor Thoothanna Dinero in the Fiesta Melodrama, photo/Andrew Ptimm courtesy Santa Fe Playhouse

It’s almost time for the annual Fiesta Melodrama at the Santa Fe Playhouse. The local send-up, begun sometime in the 1920s and written by an anonymous committee, is full of inside jokes and double entendres. It’s probably more fun when you’re an in-the-know local, but the spoof, with its traditional hero, heroine and villain is corny enough to amuse one and all. Hissing allowed. This year the title is long: Game of Groans or Last Train to Artsville or Zozobra for Dummie or Hot Massage on the Sexually Oriented Express or No Country Music for Old Men. To find out what it all alludes to you’ll just have to show up. The show runs from Friday, August 22nd through Sunday, September 7th. Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Evenings shows are at 7:30pm, late night shows on August 30th, September 5th and 6th begin at 10pm and Sunday matinees at 4pm. Admission (except for the benefit gala) is $20 for general admission ($15 for seniors) and $10 for late night shows. Tickets for the Fiesta Court Gala on Wednesday August 27th are $35. You can get ticketing information on their website. There is no performance on Friday, August 29th (the annual Burning of Zozobra).

 Burning of Zozobra

Zozobra, photo/Leslie Alsheimer courtesy of Leslie Alsheimer Photography

Zozobra, photo/Leslie Alsheimer courtesy of Leslie Alsheimer Photography*

Today, someone asked me what Zozobra is. He’s a large puppet — marionette to be exact and is also called Old Man Gloom. Every year, thousands of Santa Feans gather for his ritual burning. People write their worries on slips of paper which are placed in this giant (and ugly) figure and burned. You can literally watch your cares go up in smoke. This year, the 90th Burning of Zozobra will be held on Friday, August 29th. Gates open in the afternoon and Zozo burns sometime after 9pm. There’s entertainment until the burning. The event has been held the Thursday before the Santa Fe Fiesta opens and was considered the unofficial kick-off. This year it was moved despite a lot of controversy surrounding the move. The event has caught up with the 21st century. This year it will be streamed on the Internet. People around the world can burn their virtual worries online and watch them go up in virtual smoke. Tickets, $10 each, may be bought both the event’s website or at local banks and credit unions.

That’s it for this week. See you at the markets. We promised short and sweet and it is. ¡Hasta Luego!\

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The Zozobra photo was used with permission of Leslie Alsheimer Photography.






2 Responses to “Tidbits: Native American art, Zozobra and more…”

  1. Agness
    August 24, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    I’m not surprised that Taos Pueblo is a nominee for 10 Best Native American Experiences. It’s absolutely amazing!

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