The 2018 Santa Fe Indian Market took place August 18 and 19 and officials have announced Best of Show, Best of Class, and special award winners in several categories. Now in it’s 97th year, the world’s largest juried Indian art market has announced Kevin Pourier, Oglala Lakota, as the recipient of the overall Best of Show.
Pourier received the award for his carved buffalo-horn belt with portraits of Native women from across the country. The belt is called Winyan Wanakisin (Women Defenders of Others).
Pourier created the belt to commend Native women in the Standing Rock protests because news outlets seemed to focus on the men. “But the women were there. They were cooking and taking care of the families and then out on the front lines. My wife said, 'You need to create something for the women warriors,'” he said in a release.
Over 40 judges, experts in various artistic mediums, reviewed and critiquing this year's entries and announced of the Best of Show, Best of Class, and Special Award winners publicly at the Best of Show Luncheon.
The Dobkin Family Foundation underwrote the 2018 Best of Show Award of $10,000 given to Pourier.
The 2018 Best of Class winners by classification are:
Class I: Jewelry
Farrell Pacheco (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
Class II: Pottery
Nancy Youngblood (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Class III: Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography
Cara Romero (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe)
Class IV: Wooden Pueblo Figurative Carving & Sculpture
Mavasta Honyouti (Hopi)
Class V: Sculpture
Terresa White (Yup'ik)
Class VI: Textiles
Nellie Begay (Navajo)
Class VII: Diverse Arts
Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota)
Class VIII: Beadwork & Quillwork
Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca)
Class IX: Youth (artists aged 17 and under)
Isaak Kohlmeyer (Jemez Pueblo)
Class XI: Basketry
Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy)
2018 Special Award Winners:
Bernard Ewell Innovation Award
IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award
Helen Naha Memorial Award for Hopi Pottery
Peter Dechert Award for Excellence in Native Art
Western Art Collector Magazine Editor's Choice Award for Excellence
Derek No Sun Brown
Native American Art Magazine Editor's Choice Award for Excellence
"Art of Technology" Award (new award this year)
Next year's Santa Fe Indian Market is set for August 17 and 18.
Jourdan Bennett-Begaye is a reporter/producer for Indian Country Today. She is a citizen of the Diné Nation. Follow her on Twitter@jourdanbb.