The Briscoe Western Art Museum was buzzing with activity Saturday as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Native American culture and art at the third annual Yanaguana Indian Arts Market.
The two-day market, which is named for the Payaya Indians‘ original name for the San Antonio River, is the only one of its kind in Texas and typically draws thousands to partake in the rich cultural celebration. This year’s market featured more than 40 different Native American artists showcasing and selling their work to the families and individuals who came to the all-day event.
Featured artwork and goods included basketry, jewelry, carvings, beadwork, and pottery, among other things. Since the festival is held in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, all items for sale are guaranteed to be authentic and of the highest quality.
“You’re not going to come here to find $10 bracelets that are ‘Native American inspired,’” Jennifer Chowning, head of education and programs for the Briscoe, previously told the Rivard Report. “These are high-end artists with price points all over the map. It’s really high quality stuff and it showcases incredible traditions that tribes hold dear.”
Music and dance performances by United San Antonio Pow Wow and Eagle Point Drumming in the McNutt Sculpture Garden kicked the day off. Throughout the festivities, attendees also had the chance to partake in various educational demonstrations – such as a Turquoise 101 class – hear storytelling by Tim Tingle of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and take 30-minute tours of the Briscoe led by museum docents.
An interactive program led by Ty Defoe called Hoop of Life, which includes song, flute, dance, and performance poetry to tell Native American stories, also was on the day’s schedule of events.
The Yanaguana Indian Arts Market will continue with its second day of programming on Sunday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For a schedule of events, click here.
Assistant Editor Camille Garcia contributed to this report.
Top image: The Indian Art Festival featured artists from around the United States. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.
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