The Zuni Show 2017 report
The 2017 Zuni Show presented the work of 154 Zuni artists who sold an estimated $340,000 of their artwork. This was an increase from the inaugural 2016 show in both numbers of artists (105 in 2016) and increased sales (estimated $250,000 in 2016.)
Eight dance groups and Olla Maidens performed in 2017 and additional venues for the dancers were provided to give them greater exposure and relieve crowd pressure on the Scottish Rite Center's courtyard.
In our continuing effort to educate, a large panel was displayed titled: "What makes a fetish necklace authentic and collectible? It's Zuni!" Here's an online copy for you:
"Just a note to tell you how wonderful the Zuni Show was!! I especially enjoyed the cultural material you organized! It was great to see the movies, dancers, printed material from the tribe. All contributed to a cultural event- not just a shopping venue! I think the vendors and families really enjoyed themselves too! Congratulations on a great success!!" Eslee Kessler, NM
In contrast to other venues showcasing indigenous art, the Zuni Show presented educational information through banners that highlighted various aspects of the Zuni culture, language, and life-way. Ethnographic films from 1924 were screened continually in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite facility presenting a look into Zuni’s past. The Keshi Foundation held meetings in Zuni Pueblo to inform the exhibitors as to what is required when participating in a show as well as to assist them in opening bank accounts in order to receive credit cards at the show.
This year the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Council has officially endorsed The Zuni Show 2017 and has contributed to the funds we need to produce the Zuni Show again.
“...I wanted to let you know how amazing the show was and what a wonderful thing you’ve done for so many people… I was happy to have a tiny, little part in it!” Anthony Pilny, NY
“... I believe that this show will have far more reach beyond that weekend, and provide so much benefit to the Zuni people. The artists were so wonderful and grateful, and really all very sweet…and the vibes I got from being there were amazing…so much more than just 'selling stuff'!"
Sue Urbinati, CT.
There was a family feel to the event with families and friends of exhibitors helping at the selling tables, their children ever present, watching the dancers in the courtyard with concentrated interest and all else that was going on. Communication among the artists was friendly and warm; neighbors getting together. Many of the artists expressed their thanks to The Keshi Foundation for the effort that went into the Zuni Show and in some cases, statements that no one had ever done something like this. The enthusiastic participation of the Zuni People, including the Zuni Tribal Council, made it the huge success that it was.
"Good morning! Elahkwa we appreciate it very much for what you had pulled together for us this past weekend. It was a great turn out. Our sales were a big success!! Thanks again from Calvert & Calbert Bowannie. I myself enjoyed meeting the buyers from all other states as well as local buyers who buy from your store. We received orders. It was an exciting event. I’ll do it all over again!!!! Have yourselves a wonderful day!"
Calvert & Calbert Bowannie, Zuni Pueblo
The artists also expressed their thanks by donating artwork to the Keshi Foundation for sale on the foundation’s website and these can be seen here.
"Keep dreaming for the Zuni People"
D. Natewa, Santa Fe
The Keshi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. Contributions to the Keshi Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Keshi Foundation's tax identification number is 81-1281019.
The Keshi Foundation provides sustainable pathways to benefit the People of the Zuni Pueblo through their arts and education. The Zuni Show: Art of the Zuni Pueblo is being sponsored by the Keshi Foundation.
For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Robin Dunlap at RobinDunlap108@gmail.com or call 505.660.0981.