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The Young Natives Arts & Crafts Show Returns to the Palace Courtyard

Nine-year-old Landon Secatero (Navajo) shows bracelets he made at the 2011 winter Young Native Artists Show.

Santa Fe—Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople at the annual Young Natives Arts & Crafts Show. Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors' Portal Program will demonstrate their own arts and crafts in the Palace Courtyard from 9 am to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15. 

See the artwork, purchase refreshments, and strike up a relationship with an artist still learning his or her craft. The event is free; enter through the Blue Gate south of the New Mexico History Museum's main entrance.

The Native American Artisans Program (commonly called "the Portal Program") provides the children an opportunity to learn from their parents and grandparents and to continue the cultural economic development supported by their hand-crafted works. 

Along the south side of the Palace of The Governors, Native American artists and craftspeople sell their handmade goods to tourists and New Mexicans almost every day of the year, rain or shine. The 900+ vendors of the Native American Artisans Program represent 41 tribes, pueblos, chapters and villages in New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, and parts of Arizona. A program of the New Mexico History Museum, its members adhere to rules regarding authenticity and traditional materials; all of their work is handmade. 

Image: Nine-year-old Landon Secatero (Navajo) shows bracelets he made at the 2011 winter Young Native Artists Show. Download high-resolution images of past year’s events by clicking here.

The New Mexico History Museum is the newest addition to a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. Located at 113 Lincoln Ave., in Santa Fe, NM, it is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

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