The Poeh Cultural Center, will be hosting the second annual Pathways Indigenous Arts Festival on August 19, 20 and 21, 2022 at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.
“We are excited about the festival because it’s an all inclusive event that’s planned by Indigenous people, run by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people,” said Karl Duncan, Executive Director of the Poeh Cultural Center. “We’re committed to providing new opportunities for Indigenous creative entrepreneurs as they envision and advance an Indigenous future.”
Duncan described how the major goal for the festival, and other Poeh markets, is to actively promote an Indigenous cultural economy that empowers and supports the creativity of a wide range of Indigenous artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing a large-scale venue for them to show and sell their work, as well as to network with other Native artists.
“I think what makes us unique is that we are celebrating the works of Native creatives. Of course, we feature Native American arts like pottery, jewelry and weaving, and we think it’s just as important to feature people whose creativity includes the creation of dance, music, writing, plant products, and so much more,” Duncan said. “Pathways is unlike any other Native American arts market, as we are allowing a more accurate representation of what is being created by Indigenous peoples.”
Last year’s festival was attended by thousands of visitors and this year’s event is expected to surpass those numbers. Pathways will continue to featured the sale of Native American arts and crafts, host food trucks, hold a Pueblo fashion showcase, and provide entertainment by Native American dance groups, performers and musicians.
“Were amazed and humbled at how many individuals, groups and organizations reached out to support our efforts,” said Jake Viarrial, Tourism Coordinator at the Poeh. “We had support from the Sundance Film Festival, Red Nations Celebration Institute, the National Museum of the American Indian, and First Nations Development Fund – we are ready for more sponsors this year.”
The event, which will be hosed at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, located on the tribal lands of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, will be free and open to the public, and free parking will be available. Native American Artists and vendors who are interested in showing can contact the Poeh Cultural Center or visit the Poeh’s webpage for application information. The first 50 artist vendor outdoor booths are free, on a first come first served basis. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2022.
For additional information, including artist application, schedule of events, contact: www.poehcenter.org/pathways, 505.455.5041.