In 2016 and 2017 the Keshi Foundation produced The Zuni Shows in downtown Santa Fe. The shows provide the Zuni artists to show and sell their work directly to the public at full retail prices. The Zuni shows presented more than 250 artists generating more than $600,000 going directly to the artists and their families. The shows garnered wide praise with readers of First American Art Magazine calling the show “…one of the world’s top ten best indigenous art shows in 2016…”
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.
The Keshi Foundation held meetings in ZuniPueblo 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.
Eight dance groups and Olla Maidens performed. Additional venues for the dancers were provided to give them greater exposure.
Ethnographic films from 1924 were screened continually, presenting a look into Zuni's past.
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.
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.
" ... 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 th at 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.
"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
"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 show!!" Elsee Kessler, NM
“Keep dreaming for the Zuni People! Daisy Natewa, Zuni Pueblo
The Keshi Foundation provides sustainable pathways to benefit the People of the Zuni Pueblo through their arts and education. 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.