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Next generation of Native American arts

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The next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople will converge in Santa Fe at the summer Young Native Arts & Crafts Show. The show is ideal for people who want to start collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from new, young artists. 

Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Portal Program will demonstrate their own work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 12-13 in the Palace Courtyard.

The public is encouraged to see the artwork, purchase refreshments and strike up a relationship with an artist still learning his or her craft. The event is free. Entrance is through the Blue Gate south of the New Mexico History Museum’s main entrance.

The Native American Artisans Program (commonly called “the Portal Program”) is overseen by the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Its members adhere to rules regarding authenticity and traditional materials. All of their work is handmade. Twice a year, their offsprings’ work is featured, providing them an opportunity to learn from their parents and grandparents and to continue the cultural economic development supported by their art. 

The 900-plus participants in the Native American Artisans Program represent 41 tribes, pueblos, chapters and villages in New Mexico, the Navajo Nation and parts of Arizona. They sell their goods nearly every day of the year along the south side of the Palace of the Governors. 

The New Mexico History Museum is part of a series of museums 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, it is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.