Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate

92nd Annual Santa Fe Indian Market: The Crescendo of Summer

copyright SWAIA

The end of summer in Santa Fe is a bit like the grand finale of a firework extravaganza on the Fourth of July. The events of the summer build and build until kaboom!, mid August hits and it is  time for Santa Fe Indian Market week.

Surrounding  Indian Market, Santa Fe is filled with gallery openings and trunk shows for everything from art to hand tooled custom boots and handbags to turquoise jewelry in every shade from green to light blue to, well, turquoise.

The 92nd Annual Santa Fe Indian Market will be held on the Plaza this Saturday 7a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8a.m. to 5p.m. I like to arrive early on Saturday before 7a.m., before the crowds, just to feel the excitement and anticipation of the over 1,000 artists from all over North America who are showing their pottery, paintings, jewelry, textiles, beadwork, baskets and sculpture, some traditional, some contemporary. Grab an Indian taco or fry bread and forget the guilt because this is tradition, watch a fashion show, watch little bitty sweet faced kids and big kids wearing traditional native clothes, listen to the music and feel a part of a 92 year old Santa Fe tradition and so many more years of Native American heritage.

And breathe deeply because this is also chile roasting time in New Mexico, another part of the crescendo of summer. Hermes’ Eau de Merveilles cannot compare to the sensual fragrance of fresh roasted chiles. Just can’t.

This week explodes with the fullness of summer and the joy of being present for the cycle of tradition in Santa Fe.

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