Small Business Saturday may have come and gone, but there’s still plenty of time to stock up on holiday goods while supporting small, local businesses.
For individuals seeking particularly singular gift ideas, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) encourages Americans topatronize one of the many Native American holiday markets unfolding around thenation during the holiday season.
Here are a few upcoming markets, organized by region:
Oneida Annual American Indian Holiday Craft Fair
Turning Stone Resort Casino; Verona, N.Y.Dec. 8, 2018More than two dozen vendors display original, hand-made Oneida and other Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) arts and crafts ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry and delicate beadwork to intricate carvings and textiles at this annual event. www.oneidaindiannation.com
Maine Indian BasketmakersHoliday Market
Hudson Museum, The University of Maine; Oruno, Maine
Dec. 8, 2018
The largest Holiday gathering of Maine Indian artists in New Englandfeatures members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, many of whom havereceived national awards, as well as new artists representing the nextgeneration of weavers. Art forms, demonstrations, storytelling, traditionalmusic, drumming and dancing with members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy,Micmac and Maliseet nations are all part of the day’s festivities. umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum
Native American Winter Arts Festival
Seneca Art & Cultural Center; Victor, N.Y.
Dec. 8, 2018
Shop at Native American artisans booths or in the cultural center giftshop, while also enjoying Iroquois Social Dancing and storytelling. Also trydelicious Iroquois White Corn food and unique Ganondagan blend coffee. ganondagan.org/WinterArtsFestival
Winter Solstice Celebration:Native American FestivalMission San Luis Historic Site; Tallahassee, Fla.
Dec. 15-16, 2018
Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum features two days ofSoutheastern Native American dancing, music, craft vendors, culturaldemonstrations and storytelling. Also enjoy living history, solar viewing withscopes, drum circles, archery, crafts for kids and more. www.facebook.com/events/515645112165752/
Cultural Survival Bazaar
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School; Cambridge, Mass. (Dec. 15-16, 2018)
Prudential Center; Boston, Mass. (Dec. 21–23, 2018)
This annual festival of indigenous arts in the Boston area featuresindigenous artworks from around the world, including hand-crafted works byNative American artists. Pick up America-made jewelry, woven goods, pottery andeven wood flutes. bazaar.culturalsurvival.org
Winter Arts and Crafts Show
Northwest Indian Community Development Center; Bemidji, Minn.
Dec. 7-8, 2018
Native American artisans from around Minnesota gather to create anddisplay their hand-crafted artworks.
Saginaw Chippewa 2018 WinterCommunity Cultural Teachings & Feasts
Various locations; Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Dec. 14-15, 2018
Language and culture classes presented by Gerard Sagassige (Curve Lake First Nation) are accompanied by arts & crafts programs and holiday decorating. www.sagchip.org (Opens PDF)
Evergreen Longhouse HolidayNative Arts Fair
Evergreen State College; Olympia, Wa.
Dec. 7-8, 2018
The annual Holiday Native Arts Fair is always a fantastic opportunityto find the perfect gift. Featuring dozens of Native artists offering originalpieces for sale, including carvings, weavings, jewelry, fine art prints,paintings, drums, beadwork and clothing. Salish Santa will be available forpictures. www.evergreen.edu/longhouse/events
Cheyenne & Arapaho Christmas“Where the Buffalo Roam” Craft Fair
Concho Community Center; El Reno, Okla.
Dec. 13, 2018
Vendors from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations sell unique arts andcrafts items for the holiday season. www.facebook.com/events/2000589650238674/
Eastern Shoshone 477 ProgramChristmas Bazaar/Flea Market
Rocky Mountain Hall; Fort Washakie, Wyo.
Dec. 22, 2018
Pick up jewelry, arts & crafts, baked good and other holiday giftsat this annual holiday market. www.facebook.com/eshoshonetribe
Pueblo Shop & Stroll: AFireside Tradition
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; Albuquerque, N.M. (Southwest)
Dec. 7, 2018
Native artists sell handcrafted clay ornaments, nativity sets, jewelry,art, gifts and more, while kids enjoy holiday arts and crafts. www.indianpueblo.org
Keshmish Arts Market
Navajo Nation Museum; Window Rock, Ariz.
Dec. 7-8, 2018
Purchase Native-inspired arts & crafts at this annual fair.Meanwhile on Dec. 8, drop by the Museum to also meet the author of Navajo Weavers of the Southwest. www.facebook.com
42nd Annual Pueblo Grande MuseumArt Market
Talking Stick Resort; Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 8-9, 2018
Celebrate Native American Arts at this annual, traditional IndianMarket. Enjoy live performances and artisans creating hand-made jewelry,pottery and more. More than 100 artist booths include food trucks serving frybread, Navajo tacos, cactus chili, burgers and more. www.pueblogrande.org
Annual Institute of American Indian Arts Holiday Art Market
IAIA Academic Building; Santa Fe, N.M.
Dec. 15, 2018
More than 80 artists, representing tribes from across the nation, selltheir works at this annual affair.
2018 SWAIA Winter Indian Market
La Fonda on the Plaza; Santa Fe, N.M.
Dec 15-16, and a Special Opening Celebration on Friday evening December 14.
$10 for one day; $15 for both Saturday and Sunday. $50 for Friday evening.
Nearly 150 artisans gather to sell jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings and much more. Also, live music and dance and a toy drive for Native children. Tickets for Friday evening must be purchased in advance at swaia.org
Jemez Holiday Delight & Festive Shopping
Pueblo of Jemez; Pueblo, N.M.
Dec. 8, 2018
Every year the ruins of Gisewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission Church are decorated with hundreds of traditional farolitos. Events include Native American flute music and Native American dancers performing between two bonfires (luminarias). Free wagon rides from Jemez Springs Park to and from the site are available and a holiday artisan market precedes the festivities. https://www.facebook.com/events/2702421069983232/