Red Nation caucus hosts panel, march during Indian Market
Wherever you might be in America as you read this, you're on stolen land. Full stop. The people indigenous to this country are straight up survivors of colonial and governmental violence stretching back hundreds of years, and in Santa Fe, once known as O gah Po'geh to its original Tewa inhabitants, things are no different.
This is just one reason volunteer group The Red Nation (therednation.org) is so vital for Native and non-Native people—it's doing big things, most immediately recognizable among them, demanding the abolition of the annual Entrada pageant in Santa Fe, which whitewashed the reconquest of New Mexico by the Spanish following the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
This week, The Red Nation's Pueblx Feminist Caucus keeps the ball rolling with a panel discussion on Pueblo resistance led by Pueblo women at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, and a march dedicated to Pueblo liberation during market. The caucus also plans to release the Pueblo/a/x Manifesto for the first time, a series of points based in intersectional feminism for all people.
"The caucus exists to address the specific forms of hetero-patriarchal violence that pueblo people face," Justine Teba (Tesuque Pueblo) tells SFR. "We've faced the Spanish empire, the Mexican government and the American government, and those three things created a specific form of oppression."
"Our purpose is to create a movement that addresses patriarchal and religious violence manifested in Pueblo communities," adds Jennifer Marley (San Ildefonso Pueblo), who may be familiar to some as the woman arrested during the Entrada protest of 2017. "It's about a reclamation of our matriarchal societies wherein women and two-spirit folks are not subject to violence in their communities—but more than that, it's about remembering forms of pueblo resistance."
The panel also includes Beata Tsosie-Peña (Santa Clara Pueblo), Nicole Martin (Laguna Pueblo) and Lorelai Chavez (Kewa).
"Imagining what it would look like if we were no longer occupied?" Marley says. "I whole-heartedly believe that's possible." (Alex De Vore)
Three Centuries of Pueblo Resistance Panel Discussion 6-8 pm Wednesday August 14. Free. Jean Cocteau Cinema 418 Montezuma Ave., 466-5528
Reclaiming Sacred Space March 2-4 pm Saturday August 17. Free. Meet at Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W Marcy St.
Young in age but rich in spirit, We Are the SEEDS has annually become one of the most hotly anticipated arts markets in town. Now entering its third iteration, SEEDS also goes down each year in Philadelphia, and the Santa Fe version has become so well-attended with artists, collectors and onlookers that it shows no sign of slowing. In fact, it's only grown in scope each year. In addition to the artistic and cultural offerings spanning countless artists, tribes, booths, meals, parties, etc., SEEDS is also known for great live music and dance from Native tastemakers, a blending of traditional and contemporary styles and, as you may have heard us say once or twice before, partying. Co-founder Tailinh Agoyo once told us the community-building of SEEDS gives her chills. We get that. (ADV)
We Are the SEEDS 10 am-6 pm Thursday August 15 and Friday August 16. $10 suggested donation. Railyard Park 740 Cerrillos Road, 982-3373
We know the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts' Indian Market is a massive spectacle that offers a lot to see at the Plaza, but if you stop into La Fonda on the Plaza, you can catch a first-of-its-kind event from Sovereign Santa Fe. The pop-up features contemporary works by NewSchool Native artists including Shondinii Walters (Diné), DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo (Taos Pueblo and Diné) and Jason Quigno (Saginaw Chippewa). Catch artist demos, chats and a slew of other daytime events to be announced. Or drop by in the evening when Sovereign morphs into an interactive experience with live music, fashion and performance art offered in a "boiler room" atmosphere. (Nicole Madrid)
Sovereign Santa Fe: NewSchool Native Pop-up at Indian Market 10 am-10 pm, Friday August 16 and Saturday August 17. Free. La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E San Francisco St., 982-5511
While we're all on the lookout for more ways to take in the jaw-dropping amount of Native artistry taking over Santa Fe this week, pop Free Indian Market into your brain someplace. The now-annual event takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple, and is adamant in pointing out that there are no booth fees for artists and no cover charge for collectors. Visitors can find works from Native elders, up-and-comers and brand new exhibitors, and with mediums running just as wide a gamut as its big sister on and around the Plaza, Free Indian Market ought to be every bit as impressive. It's not about better, it's about more and different, and with vendor numbers skyrocketing from last year's 68 to this year's 279 across five exhibition areas, the "more" part is in the bag. (ADV)
Free Indian Market 8 am-5 pm Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18. Scottish Right Center 463 Paseo de Peralta 982-4414