A Guide to Indigenous Art Markets This Winter
by Amanda Ong
This month of November is Native American Heritage Month, and while Thanksgiving is rooted in settler tales, Native American Heritage Day (November 25) celebrates diverse Indigenous cultures. As we head into gift-giving season, a wonderful way to support our Indigenous communities and honor Native American heritage is to buy from Indigenous makers and artists. Read on for a list of Native Art Markets, both seasonal and ongoing, throughout the Seattle area.
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November 10 to 30
Looking to buy beautiful native artwork without leaving your home? Try the Aboriginal Art Online Auction, presented by the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, which holds this fundraising auction in place of its annual gala. Featuring works by Indigenous artists, such as John Romero, Jacoub Reyes, Myron Barnes, Margie Morris, and more, all proceeds from this event will go to the Duwamish Tribe. Bidding opens November 10 and closes November 30, and bidding can be made on the website.
Nov. 19-20, Dec. 17-18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle
Jewelry, handicrafts, food, prints, artwork, drums and baskets are just a handful of handicrafts and crafts made by natives that you can find in the market of native art of united indians. With affordable and unique pieces from many different tribes, finding holiday gifts here is a must. The event is free to the public.
Nov. 25 to 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 West Marginal Way, Seattle
The annual Duwamish Tribe Native Art Market is a great opportunity to visit the Duwamish Longhouse, sample Duwamish dishes, and purchase works by local Native artists.
Nov. 30, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cafe Racer, 1510 11th Ave, Seattle
Indigenize Productions regularly brings fun, healing, Indigenous-centric dance parties in Seattle. Now, with the holidays approaching, he’s making his Seattle Gay NDN Market debut. The event is free. While not all vendors will be queer, the marketplace will be a place to showcase queer and native talent. Go get amazing Native gifts, just in time for the holidays.
December 3 to 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle
Directed in part by Jess Rene, a Two-Spirit Indigenous ceramist, Heartful Rootz has worked to create safe spaces for creators and creatives to thrive. Now it has started hosting a BIPOC Makers Market. While not exclusively Indigenous, the market will feature Indigenous makers, bakers, creatives and herbalists selling their own custom products and creations from their own cultural heritage. The event takes place inside a very large greenhouse. The event is free.
Dec. 10-11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ALMA Tacoma, 1322 S. Fawcett Ave, Tacoma
Tacoma’s Native Art Market returns to ALMA this winter. Local Indigenous artists and makers will be selling handmade jewelry, original artwork, prints, tea, ribbon skirts, Pendleton bags, flower crowns, body butters, and more.
Pike Place, 85 Pike St., Seattle, and online store
A project of the Seattle club leader, Native Works provides Aboriginal apprenticeships as a gateway to full-time employment and housing. All products are handmade by apprentices and can be purchased on line or at his stall at Pike Place Market, the first native-owned stall in the market. All proceeds from Native Works products go directly to providing meals, mental health care, drug and alcohol counseling, housing referrals, legal consultation and more to people in the need within Seattle’s Indigenous communities.
Sacred Circle Gifts and Art is the craft gallery and boutique of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, and proceeds from purchases are used to fund the non-profit organization. Sacred Circle Gifts and Art collects Native American art and specialty items designed by Native artists.
Amanda Ong (she) is a Chinese-American writer from California. She is currently a master’s candidate in the University of Washington’s Museology program and graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with degrees in Creative Writing and Ethnic and Racial Studies.
📸 Feature Image: The Duwamish Longhouse will host its annual Aboriginal Art Market in November, featuring Aboriginal foods, vendors and more. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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