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 -
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 SWAIA.org website.)
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
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
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
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
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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