Santa Fe's largest event needs your help!

Courtesy photo.

Courtesy photo.

Each year the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), a non-profit organization, recruits an energetic and dedicated cadre of volunteers to help produce the world-famous Santa Fe Indian Market. 2007 marks the 86th year for this annual event, with the outdoor Indian Market taking place Aug. 18-19.

Hundreds of positions are available to interested volunteers. Duties can include everything from selling merchandise to being a part of SWAIA's grand Preview of Award-Winning Art. A wide range of skill sets and interests can be met by one or more of SWAIA's volunteer needs.

"Besides helping behind the scenes at the largest Native American art event in the country," Claire E. Black Eagle, of SWAIA's Volunteer Services, says, "one also gets the privilege of meeting new people from all over the world, as well as artists who volunteer their time."

If you would like to volunteer in 2007, please contact SWAIA Volunteer Services, Claire E. Black Eagle, by email at volunteer@swaia.org or by phone at (505) 983-5220 ext. 234. For more information about SWAIA or the Santa Fe Indian Market, please visit www.swaia.org or call (505) 983-5220.

SWAIA's mission is to be an advocate for Native American arts and cultures (particularly those in the Southwest), and create economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by: producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market as the finest Indian art event in the world, cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms, and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round.

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