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Indian art at its best ... in Santa Fe, August 22 and 23.

Indian art at its best . . . in Santa Fe, August 22 and 23

It bursts upon Santa Fe with an almosthurricane gusto one weekend each August. From Hopi mesas, Rio Grande pueblos, Navajo hogans, and beyond, Indians converge on Santa Fe's Plaza for a one-of-a-kind event--Indian Market, to be held this year on August 22 and 23.

Anticipation and excitement mount asmore than a thousand of the top Indian artists and craftsmen cram into 400 canvas-shaded booths around the Plaza.

Here the newest trends are started,newest reputations made. Living legends like Cochiti's storyteller potter Helen Cordero and potters Adam and Santana Martinez of San Ildefonso join less wellknown artisans, greeting visitors and answering questions about their work.

Santa Fe's population probably triples asthe town overflows with scholars, dealers, and collectors. They're irresistibly drawn not only to the market--the world's largest exhibition of traditional and contemporary Indian arts and crafts--but also to a rich array of doings the preceding week.

Among the programs scheduled for this66th market are Indian art auctions, seminars, the nation's biggest American Indian antique art show, and many exhibits in the town's myriad galleries. Indian Market Magazine has details for all events: for a copy send $3 (including postage) to SWAIA, Box 1964, Santa Fe 87504, or call (505) 983-5220.

Whether you come to buy or just to lookand learn, having a plan will help you make the most of this event.

Choosing a strategy.

Indian Market officially begins on Saturday,August 22, but most visitors come early. Even if you've come just to look, it helps to decide in advance which booths interest you most. They're numbered consecutively around the Plaza and down Lincoln Avenue. An alphabetical guide to artists will cost $2 at the Plaza's information booth. It's free in special supplements published by Santa Fe's newspapers.

Pottery dominates, but you'll also findsculpture, jewelry, baskets, Plains Indian beadwork, sand paintings, clothing, and weaving. Work is evaluated by a committee of the Southwestern Association on Indian Affairs, the market's sponsor.

Official hours are 8 to 6 Saturday andSunday. But if you want to see work by the greats, arrive early on Saturday. Hopeful buyers start forming lines at their favorite booths as early as 5 A.M. Pieces entered for judging at La Fonda Hotel will be brought here by 6 or 7 A.M.; often by 8 the most famous artists, and some of the winners, have sold out.

Some shoppers prefer to watch early onand wait to buy until Sunday afternoon, when dickering can bring best prices.

For a few dollars, collectors with limitedbudgets might buy a piece by the young great-grandchild of a famous artist (several generations often share one booth).

Or look at work of the big names and noteprices--perhaps thousands of dollars. Then watch for work in that genre by less-known artists who may sell a very nice piece for several hundred dollars.

Crafts will be demonstrated both days onthe Plaza. Look for dance demonstrations at the Palace of the Governors.

Getting there, where to stay

Finding a room in Santa Fe for IndianMarket week is unlikely. To ask about any last-minute cancellations, or to reserve rooms in neighboring Albuquerque or Taos, call (800) 982-7669. Also, reserve car rentals as soon as possible.

Photo: Corridor of canvas booths stretches toward St. Francis Cathedral (above). Cochiti pueblo artist sells storyteller pottery in her booth
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