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ERIC Number: EJ778162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
The Booth Sitters of Santa Fe's Indian Market: Making and Maintaining Authenticity
Bernstein, Bruce
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v31 n3 p49-79 2007
In this article, the author addresses the burden of non-Native expectation on Native artists, highlighting issues of authenticity, creation, and public display. The author writes about the booth sitters hired by collectors to sit--sometimes all night--and wait for the official opening of the annual Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He focuses attention on the desire of consumers who wish to find "genuine" objects without recognizing the problematics of their wanting and the subsequent affect it has on the artists and market. The author points out how closely linked production and representation are, though this relationship is difficult to address publicly because of its complexity. (Contains 14 figures and 32 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico