August marks a celebratory month for Indigenous art and fashion
August marks a celebratory month for Indigenous art and fashion. This month stands as the pinnacle, with a gathering of the nation's most esteemed artists and designers showcasing their exceptional creations at the prestigious 101st annual Santa Fe Indian Market, the vibrant Poeh Pathways Market, and other events and pop-ups It's a time to immerse yourself in a whirlwind of festivities encompassing celebratory gatherings, fashion spectacles, culinary delights, entertainment, and a profound sense of community.
Unsurprisingly, the artists who clinched the top honors at these coveted events are none other than esteemed alumni of the First Peoples Fund, such as Carol Emarthle Douglas (Northern Arapahoe, Seminole), Tahnibaa Nataanii (Diné), Jason Garcia (Kha'p'o Owingeh), Terran Last Gun (Northern Cheyenne), Linley Logan (Seneca), Golga Oscar (Kasigluk Elders Traditional Council - Yup'ik Nation), and Theresa Secord (Penobscot). These visionary creators have rightfully earned their place in the spotlight, garnering well-deserved awards and accolades for their exceptional contributions to the art world. With talents spanning various artistic domains, they've proven themselves to be masters in their respective categories of artistic expression.We sincerely admire all the artists who dedicated their efforts to prepare for these shows. We extend our best wishes to everyone as we wrap up the summer season 2023. More than 30 First Peoples Fund alumni participated in both markets.