Aug 29, 2022 – 4:25pm
photo by: Conrad Swanson/Journal-World File Photo
A sign at the entrance to Haskell Indian Nations University is shown Friday, Aug. 5, 2016.
The Haskell Indian Art Market is set to return for the first time since 2019.
The popular market, which sells Native American arts and crafts, is back this year after a coronavirus hiatus. The market will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Haskell Pow Wow Grounds, 2535 West Perimeter Road.
The market also coincides with on-campus housing being made available for all Haskell Indian Nations University students for the first time in two years.
“It’s exciting and stressful at the same time because we were not sure (about) how many students would return, as they are our biggest help during this event,” Haskell Indian Art Market coordinator Steff Fernando told the Journal-World Monday.
The event helps a lot of Haskell’s student organizations to earn money, Fernando said, so there were some worries that organizers would not receive enough help. For that reason, and due to COVID-19, she said the number of vendors for this year was lowered.
Typically, the market hosts about 135 vendors selling jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculptures, beaded items, food and more. Fernando said organizers initially lowered their participation cap to 65 vendors, but ended up adding enough space for 77 vendors due to a high volume of interested artists.
The market also traditionally includes powwow-style dance performances on both days, and those performances will return this year. While event flyers say entertainment is on the schedule for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day, Fernando said organizers are hoping to have at least two time slots filled with performers.
The market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free, and no pets are allowed on the market grounds with the exception of service animals. Because the event is held outdoors on grass, Fernando said she hopes visitors will wear the proper footwear for the occasion. Organizers also note that face masks are optional for guests.
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