The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, the second-largest Indian art market in the U.S., attracts artists, their families and collectors from across the nation for a weekend of shopping, entertainment, food and more shopping to Phoenix Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5. More than 1,500 people are expected on campus the preceding Friday evening for the reception honoring winners of the juried art competition. But the Fair isn’t the only event or venue in town this week. Here’s Indian Country Today’s guide to other happenings at the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market, and some hot spots frequented by the local community.
Thursday, March 2, noon-1 p.m. – Native Trails
Scottsdale Civic Center Park, Second Street and Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale
See some of the Southwest’s best Native dancers and local artists during this free event, headlined by seven-time World Hoop Dance Champion Derrick Suwaima Davis, Hopi/Choctaw. It’s a mellow way to start off Indian Fair week. Free. www.Scottsdalenativetrails.com.
Thursday, March 2, 6-9 p.m.–Annual HALO Artist Reception
HALO Piercing, 10 West Camelback Road, Phoenix
One of the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market week’s hippest events, the HALO artist reception is the place to party with cutting-edge artists like Pat Pruitt, Laguna Pueblo/Chiricahua Apache (who has long been represented by the piercing gallery), painters Marla Allison, Laguna Pueblo and Jeremy Singer, Navajo and many other cool people. Free. www.Halopiercing.com.
Thursday, March 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. –Native Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk
Main Street, between Marshall Way and North Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale
Native couture – and the artists who create the styles – is the star during this special presentation by the Scottsdale Gallery Association. Contemporary Native designers will show fashion, jewelry and other accessories during a ‘runway’ show down Main Street. Featured guests include Miss Indian World Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn, Standing Rock Sioux Nation and actor Jeremiah Bitsui, Navajo. Free. www.Scottsdalegalleries.com.
Friday, March 3, 6-10 p.m. – Phoenix First Friday
Don’t have $100 to drop on a Fair Best of Show Reception ticket? No worries – just head downtown and meander along Roosevelt Row and other artsy destinations during First Friday. Hit the Hive Gallery, 2222 N. 16th Street, and see the mural art of Navajo artist Jeff Slim, or just wander the street fair along Roosevelt Street. Then, ride the free trolley to other galleries scattered in the downtown area. Free. www.Artlinkphoenix.com/first-Fridays. Downtown Phoenix, various locations during the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market.
Saturday, March 4, 6-8 p.m. – Protection in All Directions: Fashion and Resistance Awareness
The Department, 1 N. First St. #600, Phoenix
Sponsored by ASU’s newest venture Inno-Nations, an urban Indian business incubator and co-work space, Protection in All Directions is an evening of fashion, music and film. The evening will feature pieces by Beyond Buckskin, the online boutique and blog owned and operated by Native fashion blogger Jessica Metcalfe, Turtle Mountain Chippewa; Jared Yazzie’s OXDX Clothing, which showcases Native issues such as water on his native Navajo Nation; and performances by Jaclyn Roessel, proprietor of the blog Grownup Navajo. Films and other activities during the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market are also planned. Metcalfe says the event will showcase the importance of land and how “we cannot divorce the environment from our businesses.” Free. www.Inno-vations.org.
Other Can’t-Miss Spots
Fry Bread House
While in town, nosh on the finest fry bread, red chili and Pima chumuth (giant handmade tortillas) at the famous Fry Bread House. The first Native restaurant to win a coveted James Beard kudo as one of “America’s Classics,” the eatery recently moved to permanent digs in the trendy Melrose District. The repurposed building is decorated to resemble an O’odham home, with cactus, lots of Native art on the richly painted Sonoran golden brown walls and good company at one of the Phoenix Native community’s favorite gathering spots at the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market. 4545 N. Seventh Avenue, Phoenix. (602) 351-2345.
Drumbeat Indian Arts
Need some extra bling for your regalia? Head over to Drumbeat Indian Arts. Conveniently located just across 16th Street from the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Drumbeat offers a wide selection of pow wow accouterments, including moccasins, drum frames, leathers, beads and other items. Drumbeat also has one of the city’s best selection of Native-themed books, DVDs and CDs. And, don’t miss the reasonably-priced Pendleton blankets and handcrafted items by local Native artists. 4133 North 16th Street, Phoenix. (602) 266-4823.
Emerson Fry Bread Truck
Want your fry bread on the run during the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market? Chase down Emerson Fry Bread’s truck. The Navajo-owned food truck makes stops all over the Valley, and will be cooking the Native treat during Phoenix First Friday right next door to Revolver Records at 918 N. Second Street in downtown Phoenix. Fans of the colorful truck love carne asada Indian tacos, which won “Best Beef Taco” at the 2016 Arizona Taco Festival, and prickly pear lemonade. www.facebook.com/Emerson-Fry-Bread-199977690094707.
For more information about the 59th Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market visit their website at www.heard.org/events.