August 2013

Native Arts & Culture



2013 Sustainable Santa Fe Award Winners

Presented by the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission


Youth-Led Award: IAIA Student Sustainability Leadership

The Institute of American Indian Arts Student Sustainability Leadership (SSL) presented The Art of Change: Climate Justice and Indigenous Solutions, a conference that focused on culture and stories, creative communication, skills and technology and tools for change. It also conducted a trash audit of IAIA and displayed a week’s worth of trash during its Dumpster Warriors Trash Bash and Fashion show to raise awareness about waste reduction and recycling.


Environmental Justice Award: 7th Annual Traditional Agriculture & Sustainable Living Conference

Organized by the Pueblo of Tesuque, Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute, and the Sostenga program at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), this conference focused on sustainable agriculture, the threat of genetically modified seeds and foods, and the indigenous values and practices of Native peoples. Featured keynote speakers were mycologist Paul Stamets and Bolivian water rights activist Oscar Olivera.
The 8th annual conference will take place Oct. 25-26, 2013 at NNMC. Keynote speakers will be world-renowned scientist, philosopher and native seed proponent Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., from India, and author Gregory Cajete, Ph.D., of Santa Clara Pueblo, director of Native American Studies at UNM. For details, visit



IAIA Launches New Department of Cinematic Arts & Technology

Beginning this fall, the Institute of American Indian Arts will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinematic Arts & Technology. “We’re very excited to bring this opportunity to aspiring American Indian filmmakers,” says Department Chair James Lujan. “It’s more important than ever for us to train Native talent to share their stories, their values and their passion for cinematic arts through film, television and emerging technological platforms with audiences worldwide.” The new Cinematic Arts & Technology program is an evolutionary outgrowth of IAIA’s former New Media Arts Department. Lujan explains, “We’ve redesigned the curriculum to emphasize the creation of meaningful stories, to expose students to cutting edge technology and prepare them for the film industry workforce.” For more information, visit



Shelley Morningsong

Shelley Morningsong (N. Cheyenne) has recorded three impressive contemporary Native American albums and has emerged as one of New Mexico’s finest Native performers. Morningsong has received two Native American Music Awards, including “Record of the Year” for 2011. With a deep alto voice and lyrics that cut to the heart, Morningsong will appeal to those who enjoy Buffy Saint-Marie, Bonnie Raitt or Melissa Etheridge. She plays guitar, classical and Native flutes.


Morningsong tours nationally and internationally with her husband and musical partner Fabian Fontenelle (Zuni/Omaha). Fontenelle brings a certain magic to their performance with a beautiful mix of hand-drum songs, Northern Plains-style dancing and stories. They will perform on Aug. 16 between 11 am and 1 pm in Santa Fe at the Wheelwright Museum’s annual benefit auction, and also on Oct. 5, 6 and 10 at 11 am the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.



Window into the Past

The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market wanted a painting of an agricultural scene in the new café area of the Market Pavilion. They asked Dominic Arquero, an artist from Cochiti Pueblo, to paint a mural. Arquero created this painting, imagining what people might have seen in Santa Fe in 1500 A.D. if they were to stand there and look through a window.


Arquero, who also emcees powwows, has painted murals in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, the Four Corners and Colorado. He and his wife, Imogene Goodshot Arquero (Lakota) are full-time artists. He regularly shows his work on Sundays at the Artist Market at the Market Pavilion. Email: dcarquero@gmailcom



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  1. Hello,
    I am seeking to find the location of Arquero and Imogene Goodshot Arquero’s art and jewelry. Please let me know when and where the next Artist Market will be located so I can make plans to travel and purchase their fine arts.
    Sincerely and gratefully,

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