Seventh Annual Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival

ICTMN Staff
5/26/11

There will be 200 Native American artists from more than 40 tribes showcasing and selling their work at the Sante Fe Convention Center over the Memorial Day weekend, from May 27-29.

The work will include sculpture, paintings, jewelry, glass, textiles, pottery and carvings.  Proceeds from the Native Treasure festival supports the exhibits and education programs at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC), a press release stated.

This year's Native Treasures festival will be supporting a new campaign called Save Our Treasures.

Over the last 80 years, as the collections of the MIAC and the Laboratory of Anthropology have grown, a series of piecemeal solutions has been cobbled together to store what are now over 10 million Native American objects. These irreplaceable and invaluable pieces of history are currently scattered in basements and storerooms throughout the city,” Shelby Tisdale, Director of MIAC said in the press release. “Not only do these storage ‘solutions’ put the pieces at risk in non-climate-controlled environments (that have also been victim to fire and flood), but the collection is inaccessible to scholars and Native Americans who want to study their own cultural history.”

The idea behind Save Our Treasures is that all of these important historical and cultural collections will be moved from their disparate locations with their varied conditions into a single, art-friendly environment where they'll be properly taken care of displayed for the public.

The Native Treasures festival will not only showcase and sell the artwork of American Indian artists, it will also provide weaving demonstrations by Toadlena Trading Post, live music (of the Native and non-Native variety) and, of course, provide tasty food.

For more information on the festival and the museum, click here.

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