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APR 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO Santa Fe is a convenient hub for exploring the native cultures of northern New Mexico, where native groups have lived for thousands of years. With more native people still living on their original land in the state than the entire area east of the Mississippi River, the area provides many opportunities for groups looking for authentic experiences. "You can see a deer dancer petroglyph that's 1,000 years old, then go to the pueblo and see a deer dancer doing the same dance that was depicted in the petroglyph," said John Feins, public relations manager for Tourism Santa Fe. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian are just three of the many museums in the city but are highlights for groups interested in the native cultures of the region. One of the largest events of the year is the Santa Fe Indian Market in August. Going on for 95 years, the market has grown to include more than 1,000 artists from over 100 tribes. This year, the market will take place August 19-20. A newer counterpart, the Indigenous Fine Art Market, is also growing in popularity. This festival, which takes place the same week as the Indian Market, focuses exclusively on contemporary Native American art but affords the same opportunities to peruse and purchase art. For groups who can't visit the Indian Market, there are artists working year-round at the Palace of the Governors. The historic building has been in continual use for over 400 years. W W W. S A N T A F E .O RG TOP: A FASHION SHOW AT THE ANNUAL SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET LOWER MIDDLE: A BEADWORK PORTRAIT BOTTOM: A DANCER PERFORMING FANCY DANCE FEAST DAYS ARE A TIME OF CEL- EBRATION AT THE MANY PUEBLOS IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. OPPOSITE PAGE: A DANCER APPEARS IN FULL REGALIA AT THE STANDING BEAR POW WOW AT STANDING BEAR STATE PARK IN OKLAHOMA. Courtesy Visit Santa Fe By Daniel Nadelbach, courtesy Visit Santa Fe By osh Collins, courtesy Visit Santa Fe courtesy Visit Santa Fe Courtesy Visit Santa Fe

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