July Pueblo Arts & Crafts Rated Fourth Best Festival in US

Eight Northern Pueblo Arts Show at Ohkay Owingeh
Celebrates 35 th Anniversary

The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show – believed to be the largest Native American owned and operated outdoor arts exhibition and market in the western United States – will celebrate its 35th anniversary Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16, 2006, at Ohkay Owingeh (formerly known as San Juan Pueblo).

Native American artists themselves – not gallery directors, patrons or museum people – organize and operate the arts and crafts event, attracting jewelers, potters, sculptors, painters, wood carvers and more to show and sell their work each year. As a New Mexican tradition, the show celebrates the shared cultural heritages of Native American people. The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council is a collaborative effort among the Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque.

“The Arts & Crafts Show is the most visible of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council’s public programs and its most prominent economic development effort,” said Carol Guzman of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council. “Over the past 35 years, more than 2,000 Native American traditional artists have come from all 19 New Mexico Pueblos, as well as from the Navajo, Hopi, Apache, Cherokee, Tlingit, Chippewa and Lakota tribes and nations. There are 360 artists and artisans and a crowd of 20,000 buyers and visitors expected at this event.”

The show is held at the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council’s Arts & Visitors’ Center, about a half hour north of Santa Fe and three miles north of Española on State Road 68 (the road to Taos). Show hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

“The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience,” said Michael Cerletti, secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. “There is no better way to discover the beauty, enthusiasm and tradition of New Mexico’s Native American People than through their cultural resources and heritage.”

This year’s event will include authentic Northern Pueblo dance presentations throughout both days. Each member Tribe plans to have dancers present their unique culture. These dancers, along with accompanying singers and drummers, will present an electrifying program of traditional Pueblo dances, which will include Buffalo, Eagle, Butterfly, Rainbow and Rain Dances. Domenic Arquero of Cochiti Pueblo will again be this year’s Master of Ceremonies.

There are also several new additions this year, including a fundraising Arts Auction and Reception Wednesday (July 12, 2006), beginning at 6 p.m., at the recently renovated Hilton Santa Fe/Historic Plaza. A 35 th Anniversary Exhibit will reflect the show’s history and honor many of the artists and organizers whose vision, energy and talents have led to its undeniable success.

Visitors to the show should bring their appetites, as they will have a rare opportunity to partake in traditional Pueblo foods, such as red and green chile, posole, Indian tacos, oven bread, fry bread, and Indian cookies and pies. As guests savor those treats, they will also be able to relax in two new shaded tented areas. Visitors should dress for warm weather and easy walking.

In conjunction with the show, the annual Po’Pay Foot Race (5K run and a 1K Children’s/Adult Race Walk) is Sunday at 8 a.m. Early registration (by July 10) for the 5K is $18, late registration (July 11-14) fee is $20, and registration/packet pickup the weekend of the show is $22. The 1K Children/Adult Run Walk is $15. All registered participants will receive a race T-shirt.

The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show has been rated the fourth best Festival in the United States, by Arthur Frommer of Budget Travel on MSNBC, just behind Mardi Gras, Tanglewood, and the Spoleto Festival. “Artisans of eight Native American Pueblos converging in a giant fair of crafts demonstrations and sales, traditional dances, Indian foods and authentic rituals… (it is) a profound experience for both visitors and artisans,” Frommer said.

Parking for the show is free. Visitor entry fee is $4 for adults ages 18-54 or $7 for a two-day pass. The fee for youth ages 13-17 and seniors ages 55 and older is $3 or $5 for a two-day pass. Children ages 12 and younger are free. A still camera permit is $10. Video and audio recording devices are not allowed.

Sponsors include Ohkay Casino-Hotel-Resort, Pueblo of Tesuque, Rio Arriba County Lodgers Tax Fund, New Mexico Tourism Department (Indian Tourism Division), Pueblo of Santa Clara/Santa Clara Development Corporation, PNM, Amerind Risk Management, Inc., Coca Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Bank, Taos Mountain Casino, Totavi Phillips 66 (Pueblo of San Ildefonso) and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show
July 15-16, 2006

Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council’s Arts & Visitors’ Center
[about 1/2 hour north of Santa Fe and three miles north of Espanola
on State Road 68 (the road to Taos)]

Show hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

For more information, visit http://www.eightnorthernpueblos.com, e-mail enipcartshow@yahoo.com or call 505-747-1593, Extension 115.

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