A Guide to Native Art Markets This Winter

by Amanda Ong


This November is Native American Heritage Month, and while Thanksgiving is rooted in the settler narrative, Native American Heritage Day (November 25) celebrates diverse Native cultures. As we turn to the gift-giving season, a wonderful way to support our indigenous communities and honor Native American heritage is by shopping from Native musicians and artists. Read on for a list of local art markets, both seasonal and ongoing, throughout the Seattle area.

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November 10–30
Online

Are you looking to buy beautiful, authentic art without leaving your home? Try the Native Art Online Auction, presented by the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, which hosts this fundraising auction in lieu of its annual gala. Featuring art from Native artists, including John Romero, Jacoub Reyes, Myron Barnes, Margie Morris, and more, all proceeds from this event will go to the Duwamish Tribe. Bidding opens November 10th and closes November 30th, and bidding can be done on the website.

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November 19–20, December 17–18, 10 am to 4 pm
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle

Jewelry, crafts, food, prints, artwork, drums, and baskets are just a handful of the handmade, native goods you can find at the United Indians Native Art Market. With affordable and unique pieces from many different tribes, finding holiday gifts here is a must. The event is free to the public.

November 25–27, 10 am to 5 pm
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 West Marginal Way, Seattle

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The Duwamish Tribe’s Annual Native Art Market is a great opportunity to visit the Duwamish Longhouse, enjoy Duwamish food, and purchase work from Native artists.

November 30, 12 to 6 pm
Cafe Racer, 1510 11th Ave., Seattle

Indigenize Productions regularly brings fun, healing, Indigenous-centered dance parties to Seattle. Now, with the holidays around the corner, it’s debuting the Seattle Gay NDN Market. The event is free. While not all vendors are queer, the market will be a place to highlight queer and native talent. Go get some amazingly authentic gifts, just in time for the holidays.

December 3–4, 10 am to 5 pm
Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle

Managed in part by Jess Rene, a homegrown, ceramicist, Heartful Rootz has worked to create safe spaces for musicians and creatives to grow. Now, he has started organizing a BIPOC Makers Market. Although not exclusively Native, the market will feature Native makers, bakers, creatives, and herbalists selling their own custom-made goods and creations from their own cultural heritage. The event is inside a large greenhouse. The event is free.

December 10–11, 11 am to 4 pm
ALMA Tacoma, 1322 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma

Tacoma’s Native Art Market returns to ALMA this winter. Local indigenous artists and makers will sell handmade jewelry, original art, prints, tees, ribbon skirts, Pendleton bags, flower crowns, body butter, and more.

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Pike Place, 85 Pike St., Seattle, and online store

A project of the Chief Seattle Club, Native Works provides Native people with apprenticeships as a gateway to full-time employment and housing. All products are handmade by apprentices and can be purchased online or at her booth at Pike Place Market, the market’s first authentic booth. All proceeds from Native Works merchandise go directly to providing food, mental health care, drug and alcohol counseling, housing referrals, legal counseling, and more to those in need in Seattle’s Native communities.

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Market online

Sacred Circle Gifts and Art is the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation’s artisan gallery and shop, and proceeds from purchases go toward funding the nonprofit. Sacred Circle Gifts and Art brings together Native American art and specialty items made by Native artists.


Amanda Ong (he/she) is a Chinese American writer from California. She is currently a master’s candidate in the University of Washington’s Museology program and is graduating from Columbia University in 2020 with degrees in creative writing and ethnicity and race studies.

📸 Featured Image: Duwamish Longhouse will host its annual Native Art Market this November, featuring native food, vendors, and more. (Photo: Susan Fried)

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