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Highlights from the 20th anniversary Indian Market & Festival

by Jaq Nigg | Jul 06, 2012

Whew! Nearly two weeks after Indian Market and Festival and we’ve just stowed the last cooler and put all the signs away. The last purchase orders have been written; we're reviewing visitor surveys; tabulating all of those important numbers; and writing final reports. The 2012 Indian Market and Festival is officially over. Before we move on to start planning the 2013 market (June 22-23), I thought it would be nice to say goodbye to our 20th anniversary celebration with some images and stories.

Although it was hot, visitors lined up on Saturday before the market opened.

For the first time ever, a basket took the highest honors. Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band) won Best of Show for her contemporary basket, The Next Generation II.

 Complete list of 2012 WINNERS

From longtime volunteer (and staff husband) Don Burton: While at Dogbane, I was assisting a grandmother and granddaughter with the Boxley masks. They told me that the granddaughter had received straight A’s on her third grade report card and was told that she could have anything she wanted. She chose to spend the day at Indian Market.

 he performance tent was packed throughout the day. I've already gotten many emails and calls telling me that it is a moral imperative to bring Brulé back to market in the future. To all Brulé fans: I got the message and I'll do my best.

It was so much fun to have the Git-Hoan Dancers here. I'm happy we were finally able to bring a larger group of Tsimshian dancers to celebrate with us. The dances, songs, masks and humor added greatly to the weekend. After more than 10 years planning Indian Market, I can say that there aren't many people I'd rather be with at 6:30 a.m. trying to wake up to be on the morning news with. I wish a camera would have captured my Alfred Hitchcock moment of having to fend off three over-caffeinated ravens.

Of course, what can I say about the artists. It is seriously the best part of my job to get to know such amazingly talanted and wonderful people. Here are just a couple images of our prize winners.

Helen Cox Kersting Award: Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Best of Division, pottery: Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Best of Division, sculpture: Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo)

Thank you to all of the artists, visitors, performers, volunteers and museum staff who make Indian Market and Festival possible each year. We look forward to seeing you next year (again, those dates are: June 22-23, 2013).

Images by Troy Hill.


  1. 2 Tuan 25 Jul
    That insight's just what I've been looikng for. Thanks!
  2. 1 Peter H. 16 Oct
    I enjoy the Indian Market every year! But Brule is not my favorite for entertainment. 


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