Portal Artists in the Courtyard this weekend.

The SWAIA Indian Art Market is taking place this weekend all around Santa Fe’s Plaza. Because of that, the artisans of the Native American Artisans Program will be selling their creations in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors.

Be sure to drop by and peruse the offerings. Entry to the courtyard is free.

The Native American Artisans Portal Program Reopens June 11, 2021

Native American vendors under the portal of the Palace of the Governors. photo by Hannah Abelbeck

The New Mexico History Museum is pleased to announce that the renowned Native American Artisans Portal Program will reopen on Friday, June 11.

The program has been closed since March 12, 2020 as a result of the Covid pandemic. A reopening plan has been crafted in accordance with state public health orders and Covid-safe practices. Protecting the health of artisans and the public is a primary concern of the museum and the Department of Cultural Affairs.

All vendors will wear masks and will be separated from one another by at least six feet. To adjust for the increased spacing, vendors will be selling along Washington and Lincoln Avenues, as well as under the portal. Pedestrian traffic under the portal will be one-way, from west to east. Customers are encouraged to comply with state law regarding mask wearing. The Portal opens at 10:00 every day and closes at 3:00 although vendors may stay later.

Update on the Portal Artisans Program

Visitors browsing the merchandise of the Portal Artisans Program


Like other artist markets, fairs, and festivals, the Native American
vendor program (Portal Program)
at the New Mexico History
Museum remains closed in accordance with the current Public Health
Order (PHO).
The New Mexico History Museum understands that this closure has
had a significant economic impact on program participants and their
families. We also recognize that many visitors look forward to meeting
Native vendors on the Portal and buying their work as part of their
Santa Fe experience.
The Portal Program will resume as soon as reopening is authorized.


Thank you for your patience and support of COVID Safe Practices.

Billy G. Garrett

Executive Director
New Mexico History Museum

Catch a Rising Star at the Young Natives Show

4-72-YAN_2014-2Want to get in on the ground floor of collecting from a future Native arts star? On July 4 and 5, the Young Native Artists Show & Sale returns to the Palace Courtyard, from 9 am to 4 pm. Children and grandchildren of artists who belong to the Native American Artisans Program will show off their latest works of art, learn a few tricks of the customer-service trade, and possibly launch a career.

Alvin Van Fleet knows. He was once of the kids selling in the twice-a-year shows. Now he makes silver and copper jewelry that he sells under the Palace Portal. He believes so strongly in this event that he’s helping to organize it even though he doesn’t have children of his own to participate in it.

“The children’s show helps the kids learn how to deal with money and how to continue the tradition their parents are continuing—beadwork, silverwork, pottery,” he said. “That’s how the next generation learns.”

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