This weekend, The Heard Museum Guild welcomes more than 600 Native artists chosen through a juried selection process for the 61st Annual Indian Fair & Market. A nationally recognized event, and the largest art market in Arizona, the fair is a gathering place for art lovers and the community to celebrate and learn about Native art and culture, enjoy food, performances, activities for the kids and more.
The artists, both emerging and critically acclaimed, represent over 100 American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and Canadian First Nations. They will show and sell pieces including baskets, beadwork, quillwork, jewelry, lapidary, paintings, drawings, photography, graphics, personal attire, pottery, pueblo carvings, sculpture, weaving and textiles.
Grammy-winning Canyon Records is sponsoring the Courtyard Stage featuring a renowned list of performers including Aaron White (Navajo-Ute), traditional Hopi singer Clark Tenakhongva, Xavier Quijas Yxayotl (Huichol), traditional singer Jay Begaye (Navajo) and Jonah Littlesunday (Navajo). Sons and Fathers Roman Orona (Apache-Pueblo-Yaqui), his father Joel (Chiracahua/Jicarilla/Lipan Apache), and son Tahj (Apache-Pueblo-Yaqui-Persian-Kurdish) will offer music, dance, stories and poetry.
The Heard Museum Guild also hosts the annual Best of Show reception Fri., March 1, to announce prizes totaling $65,550, and honor winning artists in the juried art competition. The evening includes a fashion show featuring fair artists, including Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), Maya Stewart (Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw), Summer Peters (Saginaw Ojibwe) and Tahnibaa Naataanii (Navajo).
61stAnnual Indian Fair & Market
Fri., March 1, Best of Show reception
Sat., March 2, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun., March 3, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
For more information, visit heard.org.