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New Mexico Community Partnerships

Heritage Hotels & Resorts Supporting Cultural Causes

When you stay at Nativo Lodge, you make a difference. For more than a decade Nativo Lodge, a Heritage Hotel & Resort, has supported cultural and artistic ventures by featuring regionally inspired design, custom artwork, décor and cuisine. We also sponsor cultural programs and events, are actively involved in our communities, and support various organizations, non-profits and scholarship programs.
As a continuation of this tradition of supporting cultural preservation and advancement, in 2012 we will donate a portion of every room night's revenue to culturally and artistically significant endeavors through an important partnership with the Southwest Association for American Indian Arts (SWAIA)  to support programs encouraging the artistic work of emerging urban contemporary Native American Artists.
About Swaia At Nativo Lodge Albuquerque, New Mexico

About SWAIA -

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) sponsors the world renowned, Santa Fe Indian Market, held each summer in Santa Fe, NM and is estimated to bring more than 80,000 people and over $100 million in revenues to New Mexico.
Today's SWAIA Indian Market is the result of a series of remarkable people and events. One such event involves the Museum of New Mexico and a group of remarkable women who formed a political action organization to establish and protect human rights for New Mexico's Indian population. In 1922 the first Indian Fair was created by the Museum of New Mexico as part of the Santa Fe Fiesta celebration. Also in 1922 the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs (NMAIA) was founded. In 1919, Museum Director Edgar Lee Hewett had revived the Fiesta as an annual celebration to help promote tourism. In 1936 NMAIA took over the event.
Over the years, many events and transitions have occurred and a national interest in American Indian culture occurred during the 1960s, helping to forever change Indian Market. In addition, in 1962 the Institute of American Indian Arts was established in Santa Fe. Now, some 80 plus years after the first Indian Fair, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts' mission is "To develop, sponsor, and promote the Santa Fe Indian Market and other educational programs and events that encourage cultural preservation, inter-cultural understanding, and economic opportunities for American Indians through excellence in the arts, with an emphasis of Indians in the Southwest."
(Adapted from "History of the Santa Fe Indian Market" by Bruce Bernstein as seen on the website.)
SWAIA Events at Nativo Lodge

SWAIA Events at Nativo Lodge -

Nativo Lodge will be featuring a number of emerging and rising contemporary Native American artists through our artist in residency program at the hotel. For details about what will be happening during your visit, see our highlighted events.
We at Nativo Lodge and Heritage Hotels & Resorts believe the preservation of our unique New Mexican cultural heritage is important now and for future generations and hope to share our inspiring traditions to enchant new visitors and old friends. Thank you for helping us in accomplishing this.


The Rising Artists Project -

Nativo Lodge, a Heritage Hotel & Resort, is proud to partner with the Southwest Association for Indian Arts to bring three talented emerging creative artists to our new Artist in Residency Program. In June of 2012, visitors interacted with three outstanding contemporary Native American artists who created special works at Nativo Lodge. 

Jacque Fragua: Native American Artist in Residency

Jacque Fragua - Native American Artist in Residency Jaque Fragua is an acclaimed multi-media artist from New Mexico. From his cultural background, he has developed a yearning for creativity and for the intrinsic process that is Art. Experimenting with various mediums, such as aerosol, found-objects, earthworks, poetry, music, messages of civil unrest, social justice, emotional introspection, and personal healing have heartened his unique perspective on life through art. Fragua has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and in turn, has taught many community-based workshops, such as mural projects/public-art studies, and studio classes for figure drawing & painting. Fragua has worked with fine establishments such as Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Institute of American Indian Arts, & Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to produce progressive/innovative exhibits concerning the plight of Native America.

Lynette Haozous: Native American Artist in Residency

Lynette Haozous - Native American Artist in Residency Lynnette Haozous bloodlines include Chiricahua (San Carlos) Apache, Navajo, and Taos Pueblo descent. Haozous is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Chiricahua Apache tribe in Arizona. Haozous was fortunate to grow up and experience living in her tribes nations, but calls Taos Pueblo, New Mexico home. Drawing inspiration from all three of her tribes, Haozous employs herself as an artistic instrument of the indigenous journey to convey her people's truths, through such mediums as painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, film and stage. While attending Central New Mexico Community College she concentrated in Studio Arts with a focus in painting. Some of her works include; mural artist for artist Douglas Miles' show ,"Apaches and Angels" in 2010, at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, which landed her as the back cover artist for THE Magazine, in Oct 2010. Haozous also has a deep passion for acting, starring in such films as Lumbini Park (2008), "Kokopelli" (2009), and most recently, the documentary about female native artists entitled, "APACHE Was Here…" (2010). Some of her work's on stage include starring in native written plays, such as "Fancy Dancer" (2011), "The Duel" (2011), and "Smoke" (2010).

Ehren Natay: Native American Artist in Residency

EhrenNatay - Native American Artist in Residency Ehren Natay (Navajo), a working artist in Santa Fe, NM, looks at connection and conflict in his experience as a Native person who lives off a reservation. "I am torn between two worlds, and the struggle is inherent in my artwork." Seeking understanding, Natay examines the challenges and injustices of urban environments with Reservation life, as well as questions of social interface: "What challenges do Reservation Indians and Urban Indians face together? What doe sit mean to be denied the right to certain outlets of expression because it is culturally taboo? Is there room for the American society to adopt native tradition?" Ehren has been recognized for his work in sculpture, painting, jewelry, and other media by the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Navajo Nation Museum, Native Treasures Art Show, and at the Santa Fe Indian Market. His acclaimed work has been shown in New Mexico and Arizona.

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