Hopefully you guys have had a chance to tune in to our live streaming of the 2016 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow! If you've never been here, wow, it's even more amazing to see the colorful regalia, world-class dancing and hear some of the best drum groups in person!
I also had the opportunity to check out the Indian Traders Market and see what the vendors are selling. And let me tell you, there are some skilled artisans here! Jewelry, pottery, moccasins, gourds, drums, original art, you name it! Check out some of the great finds you'll see when strolling through the market.
Original Artwork from Loretta Gould
These amazing earrings from A Native Touch are laser etched, cut and painted on acrylic! One of the most unique designs I had seen. I had to buy a couple pair! They also had some designs on shell as well.
I was really blown away by these designs by Marco Arviso. They're super upcale but the prices were affordable for how extravagant they looked. Marco Arviso is a member of the Navajo (Dine’) Nation. Originally from Black Rock, AZ, Marco is Naashgali’ Dine’ (Mescalero Apache Clan) and born for the Hona’gha’ahii (One Who Walks Around Clan).
These gorgeous pottery pieces were made by Yolanda J. LaMone. I picked up a couple of the ornaments for gifts! Never too early to get that holiday shopping in.
I sure could have used one of these today when all that afternoon rain hit! I found these really handsome umbrellas by Melvin War Eagle with Hanblechia Designs. He's an Oglala Lakota artist from the Pine Ridge Reservation who also designs bandanas, scarves and original prints. You can preorder these umbrellas on his website!
I also picked up a pair of these earrings from Fernando Coriz from Santo Domingo Pueblo.
Believe me, there was so much more that I didn't get to today! Thank goodness there's Saturday to shop some more. For those of you that are here at Gathering of Nations, did you pick up any cool items in the market?