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The Eleven

Coming in Hot


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Jo Povi Romero* 

Santiago Romero*

Jacob Shije*

Del Curfman*

Charine Pilar Gonzales*

Ashley Lynn Browning*

Hollis Chitto

Peshawn Bread

Cree LaRance

Edwin Allen Felter

Kaa Folwell

curated by Nina Sanders

* work in the exhibition at Axle Contemporary

Thursday. August 19, 6-8 pm, at The Coe Center's Annual Event 1509 Pacheco St. Santa Fe, with Nani Chacon, Will Wilson, and more.


Friday August 20, 5-7 pm, Railyard, shade structure by Farmers Market.


Saturday, Aug. 21,10-6 at Vital Spaces Otero St. with Erica LordDavid Sloan, and Monochrome and Rainbow (Joeseph Arnoux and Chelsea Bighorn). Music by Jacob Shije at 3pm.


Sunday Aug. 22,  at PATHWAYS Native Arts Festival in Pojoaque (Buffalo Thunder).


The earth vibrated with creativity, delight, and Indigenous excellence the day these stars gathered. Friendship, hope, and imagination coalesced to provide the world with a bright and ambitious lense for the future of Native Art. As a witness to this gathering I am compelled to say we are fortunate to be living among such sensationally prodigious human beings, with marvelously gallant hearts, and exceptionally creative souls. 


Charine Pilar Gonzales - Tamales

Charine Pilar Gonzales - Bear News

Charine Pilar Gonzales - Native Lens: GrieF (not a typo) 

11 Indigenous artists came together in Oga’Pogeh Owingeh (Santa Fe) to celebrate and rep their connection and commitment to Native art and Santa Fe Indian Market. Each with prodigious talent, a legacy to draw from and protect, and a community of Native people to support them. 

Look out for their work and performances at Santa Fe Indian Market this August 2021. 



Curators Statement

I would like to acknowledge that I live and work in O’ga P’ogeh Owingeh (Santa Fe), the current and ancestral land of the Tewa people. Home also to the Towa, Tiwa and Keres speaking Pueblo peoples and the many other tribes who followed including the Diné, Apache, and Comanche. As I live and breathe in this magnificent and sacred place, I offer my deepest respect and thank you to the original people of this land.


K’uunda wo ha


It took a team of remarkable humans to pull this photoshoot off, the  exquisite realness that radiates from each of the eleven Native artists involved can be attributed to their creative passion and commitment to Native art and the legacy of Indian Market.  This was a full circle moment as the space we occupied, the School for Advanced Research campus, which is also the White Sisters estate, dating back to 1923. Two women who were involved in the earliest iterations of Indian Market and supporters of Native Artists. Indian Markets origins can be attributed to a rather small group of people Native and non-Native who lived in the Santa Fe area and were involved in the cultivation and collection of Native art.  One hundred years of Indian Market and we are still living in the presence of Indigenous excellence, this group of Native artists, some descended from those original Indian Market artists, came together to celebrate their talent and heritage, manifest new beginnings and claim space.  These eleven artists embody the shared spirit of creative genius that has carried Native artists and Indian Market across generations of change, trauma, and resilience. Each of them lives around or in O’ga P’ogeh Owingeh (Santa Fe), they are also either an Indian Market artist or a descendant who is bound to Indian Market through ancestry. 


In a time when our young people are faced with the insurmountable task of protecting the land and water, bringing justice to Indigenous women and children, and defending our cultures, we are forced to ask if they are up to the challenge.  In my understanding and experience with the young artists I have spent time and conversed with I believe that we are in good hands. These eleven Native artists are exceptionally talented, kind hearted, hardworking and are explicitly present to make art, support their communities, and carry on the legacy of Indian Market. Let’s listen to them and support them as they bring about the positive and resounding change the world needs. 


Special thank you to those who worked hard to make this all happen. Aho!


Felicia Garcia (Santa Ynez Chumash)

Ian Kuali’i (Kanaka Maoli/ Native Hawaiian)

Sháńdíín Brown (Diné) 

Kami Jo White Clay (Apsáalooke)

Garrett Vreeland 



The Santa Fe Reporter’s Alex De Vore 

Axle Contemporary’s Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman

The School for Advanced Research 

Charles King at King Galleries 




Nina Sanders (Apsaalooke), Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago, Neubauer Collegium, is a curator, writer, and culture consultant. Sanders has done work for the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the Field Museum in Chicago where she curated the groundbreaking exhibition "Apsaalooke Women and Warriors".  Nina has written for the Smithsonian, Native American Art Magazine and recently published "Apsaalooke Women and Warriors", a scholarly publication associated with the Field Museum exhibition. 





Hollis Chitto, Ko’chani

Booth: LIN E 740

Tribe: Mississippi Choctaw, Laguna/ Isleta Pueblo

Bio: Hollis Chitto is an accomplished Santa Fe based artist who works primarily in contemporary beadwork. Hollis says about his art, “My interest in art began at an early age. I’m told my grandmother was a beadworker. Although she died when I was very young, many people believe her talent was passed down to me. But I first started doing quillwork. I taught myself by looking at illustrations in a French Canadian book, and experimenting with beads and quills that my