The complete list of winners at the 97th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market

Kevin Pourier holds his Best of Show belt at the 2018 Santa Fe Indian Market. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye)

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

Kevin Pourier won Best of Show for his carved a buffalo-horn belt, a tribute to Native women at Standing Rock

The 2018 Santa Fe Indian Market took place August 18 and 19 and officials have announced Best of Show, Best of Class, and special award winners in several categories. Now in its 97th year, the worlds largest juried Indian art market has announced Kevin Pourier, Oglala Lakota, as the recipient of the overall Best of Show.

Pourier received the award for his carved buffalo-horn belt with portraits of Native women from across the country. The belt is called Winyan Wanakisin (Women Defenders of Others).

Pourier created the belt to commend Native women in the Standing Rock protests because news outlets seemed to focus on the men. But the women were there. They were cooking and taking care of the families and then out on the front lines. My wife said, 'You need to create something for the women warriors,' he said in a release.

Over 40 judges, experts in various artistic mediums, reviewed and critiquing this year's entries and announced of the Best of Show, Best of Class, and Special Award winners publicly at the Best of Show Luncheon.

The Dobkin Family Foundation underwrote the 2018 Best of Show Award of $10,000 given to Pourier.

The 2018 Best of Class winners by classification are:

Class I: Jewelry

Farrell Pacheco (Santo Domingo Pueblo)

Class II: Pottery

Nancy Youngblood (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Class III: Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe)

Class IV: Wooden Pueblo Figurative Carving & Sculpture

Mavasta Honyouti (Hopi)

Class V: Sculpture

Terresa White (Yup'ik)

Class VI: Textiles

Nellie Begay (Navajo)

Class VII: Diverse Arts

Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota)

Class VIII: Beadwork & Quillwork

Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca)

Class IX: Youth (artists aged 17 and under)

Isaak Kohlmeyer (Jemez Pueblo)

Class XI: Basketry

Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy)

Isaak Kohlmeyer, 17, and his sister, Alyssa Kohlmeyer, both Jemez Pueblo, learned how to silversmith from their grandfather, Royce Kohlmeyer. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye)

Isaak’s bolo tie won him the Best of Class for the youth category. (Photo Courtesy of the Kohlmeyer's)

2018 Special Award Winners:

Bernard Ewell Innovation Award

Adrian Pinnecoose

IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award

Shane Hendren

Helen Naha Memorial Award for Hopi Pottery

Karen Abeita

Peter Dechert Award for Excellence in Native Art

Timothy Smith

Western Art Collector Magazine Editor's Choice Award for Excellence

Derek No Sun Brown

Native American Art Magazine Editor's Choice Award for Excellence

Jody Folwell

"Art of Technology" Award (new award this year)

Darby Raymond-Overstreet

Darby Raymond-Overstreet, Navajo Nation citizen, stands with her loom of an Air Force veteran called Lee Jones: American, which is her aunt's father. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye)

On the sides of the loom are six stones representing the number of service years for the veteran. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye)

Next year's Santa Fe Indian Market is set for August 17 and 18.

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye is a reporter/producer for Indian Country Today. She is a citizen of the Diné Nation. Follow her on Twitter@jourdanbb.


Comments (1)
No. 1-1

The best of show, the carved buffalo-horn belt, by Kevin Pourier, is a kind of religious work of art. It should be worn, for it is an accessory meant for wearing; but it should be worn only for very special occasions.