Native art markets kick off in Santa Fe amid COVID-19 surge | Local News


In the weeks leading up to the Free Indian Market, Franklin Peters, a potter from Acoma Pueblo, wrestled with whether to attend the annual Indigenous arts showcase in downtown Santa Fe.

With coronavirus infections climbing at an alarming rate, Peters wasn’t sure he wanted to be around large crowds of people. Although he is vaccinated, he knew some attendees would not be.

“It was kind of like, ‘Do I go? Do I not go?’ ” he said.

Ultimately, he decided to participate in the market, which opened Saturday in the park near the federal courthouse. After all, he’s an artist, and the sales he generates from large shows like the Free Indian Market are a big part of his income.

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