By Jessica Dyer
"Frankly, we're 90, and we can't be doing the same stuff," said Gabe Gomez, director of external relations for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts.
Make no mistake: The 89th annual market is still brimming with the traditional Native American art that tens of thousands of visitors expect when they descend on the City Different every August. With 1,086 artists set up on the Plaza and surrounding streets, pottery and jewelry remain in abundant supply.
But new ideas have been creeping in, like adding the Native Cinema Showcase, now in its 10th year, to the SWAIA fold three years ago. SWAIA works with the Center for Contemporary Arts and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian to present the film and video showcase to Indian Market audiences.
"They're totally opening the door to all kinds of indigenous expression, and that's totally the right thing to do," said Jason Silverman, director of CCA Cinematheque.
Blending Tradition, New Vision
By Kathaleen Roberts
Potters Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara) and Tony Jojoba (Isleta) have moved from their clay-based mediums to produce glass jars (Jojoba) and bronze masks (Swentzell). The pieces interpret traditional forms using different materials.