Page 21 - IACA Journal, Spring 2012

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As soothing flute music wafted through
the air of the elegant Alvarado Ballroom
of Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, the
IACA Education Fund inaugurated the
Native Heritage Art Market over
Thanksgiving Weekend of 2011. Cus-
tomers who came from the local com-
munity and as far away as Colorado
browsed through booths selling gold
and silver jewelry set with high quality
stones, contemporary photography,
handmade pottery, blown glass, sculp-
ture and more. They chatted with the artists and learned about their heritages
from the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Laguna, San Felipe, Santo Domingo, Jemez, Taos,
Metis, Tlingit, Chippewa, Choctaw, Crow, and Kickapoo Tribes. They watched
as artists demonstrated their arts, learning about crafts ranging from brain tanning
hides to traditional Pueblo weaving and heishi making.
As the fall weather chilled the air outside, inside it was warmed with the spirit of
sharing, of family and of beauty. One side of the room became known as “Fragua
Blvd,” with three generations of the family sharing booths. Matriarch Juanita
Fragua, a well known Jemez potter, sold her work alongside her son, sculptor
Cliff Fragua, and his daughter, Tablita, whose pottery reflected her grandmother’s
teaching and her mother’s Woodlands heritage. Next to them were Juanita’s
daughters Glendora and BJ, both award-winning potters. Other family members
came in and out, often carrying babies in their arms or shepherding young chil-
dren, enjoying the chance to visit Juanita or to encourage Tablita at her first mar-
Scattered around the ballroom were twelve “Artists of the Year.” The Native Her-
itage Art Market provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate thirty years of this
prestigious program. The opening night reception honored those present --
Mary Lou Big Day (Crow dollmaker), Lorraine Cate (Santo Domingo jeweler),
Amelia Joe Chandler (Navajo jeweler), Bruce Contway (Chippewa/Cree sculp-
tor), Cliff Fragua (Jemez sculptor), Shane Hendren (Navajo jeweler), Michael
Kirk (Isleta jeweler), Al Joe (Navajo jeweler), Pahponee (Kickapoo/Potawatomi
potter), Earl Plummer (Navajo jeweler), Mary Small (Jemez potter) and George
Willis (Choctaw jeweler).
As the Market opened on Friday afternoon, artists and customers were blessed
by Heywood Big Day, a Crow Sundance leader who is also an IACA artist mem-
ber. Saturday morning began with a presentation by Isaac Estrada of Peacock-
Myers Peacock Myers, P.C., for artists on International Property Rights, Copy-
rights and Trade Marks, followed by a seminar on turquoise by Joe Dan Lowry
of the Turquoise Museum that was open to the public.
Live music and guests added to the fun. On Friday evening, Penobscot musician
Jerry Pardilla played several flutes and sang traditional songs from his Tribe and
others. On Sunday afternoon, Grace Jones, a flute player from Taos, and her
husband performed. On Friday, guest Master of Ceremonies Harlan McKosato
of “Native America Calling” regaled all present with stories, and on Saturday
Bert Poley from Native Voice 1 and Brian Lush with Rockwired Media shared
Master of Ceremony duties.
Throughout the market, demonstrators showed how they made their art and
shared the traditions and vision behind each piece. These included Ed Shije, and
former Governor and War Chief of Zia Pueblo (brain tanning hides); Wallace
Ben, Navajo medicine man (sandpainting); Garrett Ohmsatte, Laguna Pueblo
(pottery); Bryant Martinez, Navajo (silversmithing); Aric Chopito, Zuni Pueblo
(weaving); Jessica Lomatewama, Hopi (wicker plaques); Pam Lujan-Hauer, Taos
Pueblo (micaceous pottery); and Sharon Abeyta, Santo Domingo Pueblo (heishi
The Native Heritage Art Market marked IACA’s exciting new partnership with
Heritage Hotels and Resorts (HH&R). This prestigious chain of hotels in New
Mexico and Arizona designs each of their properties to reflect different aspects
of the local cultures, decorating them with art and furnishings made in the local
communities. HH&R donates a portion of every room night to culturally and
artistically significant
endeavors. Their
warm hospitality and
helped to make this
an event to remem-
ber, and one to be
sure to add to your
calendar for this year.
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Outdoor Pavillion at Hotel Albuquerque
Michael Kirk