The resignation of John Torres Nez earlier this week as chief operating officer of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, the group that organizes the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, has caused an uproar on social media, with dozens of Native American artists demanding answers and calling for his return.
Though Torres Nez has said tantalizingly little about his reasons for leaving, and the association’s board members have been mum on details, some artists are threatening to cut off donations to SWAIA. A few are considering not participating in Indian Market, one of Santa Fe’s premier cultural events, which takes place each August. Yet other artists, while offering support for Torres Nez, say it’s not a good idea to boycott the organization that has helped them make a living, especially when the market is only four months away.
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