Saturday, May 02, 2020

Sad Corona Virus News for Santa Fe, NM

Coronavirus is not good news for anyone. 
But Santa Fe, which is so dependent on tourism for its livelihood, it is particularly unfortunate. Every year for 99 years, Santa Fe has hosted the SWAIA Indian Market in August. 
This year was to be the 100th anniversary year. It would have been cause for huge celebration. And I mean huge. Indian Market attracts 1000s of Native American artists to present their art and objects for sale. 
Tented booths line the edges of the plaza and adjacent streets. As a result. 10s of 100s of visitors come t0 Santa Fe, New Mexico's capital for the event. Hotels are filled. Restaurants are packed. Shops and Native vendors sell like hot tamales. 
It is more than a boost to the local economy. It is it's lifeblood.
But not this year. 
Coronavirus has stymied normal tourism to Santa Fe and Indian Market has been cancelled, for the safety of all concerned. Collectors of Native America art and jewelry are left to alternative stragies to meet the demands of their collections.
There is one path of resolution. Online galleries, and offer Santa Fe quality fetish carvings and jewelry, Southwest and Pueblo pottery and Navajo folk art respectively at the touch of your smartphone, tablet or computer. 
There's also an unexpected side-benefit: prices are not inflated by Santa Fe overhead or local taxes. And as badly as you may want to leave your house, you don't have to. Anything ordered from these sites will be delivered to your doorstep, with a guaranteed refund if your order disappoints you when you receive it. 
Stay healthy and avoid the crowds while feeding your need for beautiful objects from this rich culture.