For the first time ever, the submittals for Indian Market were of such caliber that the judges were not able to choose just one piece as Best of Show. This year we have TWO Best of Show winners. Filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (Diné) won Best of Show for his film entitled Shimásání, which roughly translated means Runner. It is a wonderful black and white film that was shot on the reservation. The second ribbon for Best of Show was won by Stetson Honyumptewa (Hopi) for his kachina submitted in the Pueblo Wooden Carvings division.
There were several other exciting firsts at this year’s awards. This is the first year to have a film classification at Indian Market and one of the films submitted won Best of Show. Delores Garza (Haida), a first-year Indian Market participant, won Best of Division in Baskets. In addition, Eve-Lauryn LaFountain (Chipewa) won Best of Division in the Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography division, for a piece of photography. It is the first time that a photograph has won in this division.The Best of Show was announced at a luncheon today at the Santa Fe Convention Center honoring all of the division and special category winners. These pieces will be on preview tonight at the Convention Center from 5:30 and 7:30 before they go on sale tomorrow as Indian Market opens.
Did you know that La Fonda used to host Indian Market in its entirety? It has grown so large that it now dominates all of downtown Santa Fe and over 1,080 artists are participating in this year’s Market.