The Haskell Indian Art Market marked its 25th year this weekend. The two-day event is in part a fundraiser for the University’s student organizations, where they can run food booths or sell their own art. It’s also a place for over a hundred artists from different tribes all over the country to sell their art and gain exposure.
The market not only features an array of art, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and handbags, but also traditional dance performances, and Native American food staples, like frybread.
Lee Pahcoddy, the event’s sponsor and facility manager since day one, explains why the market is so unique.
“We don’t have any distributors, or anything like that. It’s all hand made from that artist. We have flutes that come through, and blankets and that type of thing.”
Award winning Native American mixed media artist Benjamin Harjo, Jr. shows his work at the market every year. As a fulltime painter, Harjo relies on functions like these.
“You have to save for when you have a good show and when you have a bad show. You can’t go spending your money right after a good show or you’ll be in trouble.”
Fulltime painter and potter, Victoria McKinney travels to cities around the country, but after nine years of showing at Haskell, she says this is still one of her more successful ventures.
“This is a very receptive community. The people here at this show, when it rains they put on their wellies, and come out anyway. You know usually when it rains it’s death to a show, but not here-laughs-people come out anyway.
Lee Pahcoddy shares McKinney’s sentiment.
“We look forward to this year every year, because it’s a Haskell function that involves the students and benefits them.”
The Haskell Indian Art Market is held the second weekend of every September.
Spencer Vaught, Good Morning KU