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SAR Members Tour Chaco Canyon and Related Sites

SAR Members Tour Chaco Canyon and Related Sites

Chaco Canyon and the so-called "Chaco Phenomenon" have long evoked intense interest among SAR members. Our more-or-less annual tradition of Chaco field trips continued in mid-August, when fourteen members and SAR staff spent three days visiting Chaco, Salmon Ruins,...

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Celebrating 100 Years of Santa Fe’s Indian Market

Celebrating 100 Years of Santa Fe’s Indian Market

The School for American Research (SAR) started the Santa Fe Indian Market one hundred years ago this September. SAR’s first director, Edgar Lee Hewett, spearheaded the effort and printed a statement in the Santa Fe New Mexican on June 27, 1922.  He wrote, “The objects of the exhibition are the encouragement of Native arts; to revive old arts, and to keep the arts of each tribe and pueblo as distinct as possible; the establishment and locating of markets for all Indian products; the securing of reasonable prices; authenticity of all handicraft offered for sale.” The first of its kind, the Southwest Indian Fair featured artists across seven states, and included Julian and Maria Martinez, the celebrated potters of San Ildefonso Pueblo, who won a substantial monetary prize for their work.

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‘Who Were You When You Stepped to This Pot?’ :

‘Who Were You When You Stepped to This Pot?’1: A Lesson in Community Curation from Grounded in Clay Guest post by Emily SanthanamConsider when and where you’ve seen Pueblo pottery in a museum. How was it displayed? Who wrote the label? What did it tell you about the...

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Centennial of the Indian Arts Research Center Collections: Gala Dinner and Auction

Centennial of the Indian Arts Research Center Collections: Gala Dinner and Auction

Thunder and light rain did not keep 100 stalwart gala guests from descending the stone steps to enter a white-tented world where they were warmly welcomed by enchanting floral tablescapes, bird songs of a flute, and handcrafted works by Native American artists for the Centennial Celebration of the Indian Arts Research Center collections at the School for Advanced Research on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

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Reflections on SAR’s “Seeking Justice” Webinar Series

Reflections on SAR’s “Seeking Justice” Webinar Series

On June 2 SAR held the sixth and final webinar in this year's Creative Thought Forum series called Seeking Justice: Toward a More Equitable America, which launched in February. The series was primarily funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities, with support...

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SAR Member Trip to Bears Ears, Utah

SAR Member Trip to Bears Ears, Utah

After a long pandemic-related hiatus, SAR relaunched member field trips on May 13 with a four-day journey to Bears Ears in Utah.  Given the scale of this new national monument—more than 2100 square miles—we couldn't possibly do justice to its diverse mesas, canyons,...

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