The Cultural Survival Bazaars are a series of cultural festivals that provide Indigenous artists, cooperatives, and their representatives from around the world the chance to sell their work directly to the American public.
Hundreds of artists, cooperatives, and their representatives sell traditional and contemporary crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, carpets, and accessories at the Bazaars.
In addition, the Bazaars offer a wide assortment of cultural performances and presentations, which include live music, Native American storytelling, craft-making demonstrations, as well as the chance to talk directly with guest artisans and community advocates.
The Cultural Survival Bazaar Program goals work to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ articles 11, 20, and 31.
1). The Cultural Survival Bazaar Program works to provide opportunities for Indigenous artisans to access additional markets, while encouraging the practice and transmission of artistic tradition and expression. The Bazaars help perpetuate the artistic traditions which are culturally significant to many Indigenous communities, provides capital to Indigenous communities, and provides sustainable income to individual artisans and their families.
Cultural Survival Bazaars create a more direct link between Indigenous artisans and consumers while working to support the livelihoods of artisans, and projects benefiting their communities around the world.
Cultural Survival partners with Indigenous artisans, performers, cooperatives, and businesses dedicated to our fair trade principles. The Bazaars also provide educational, marketing, and networking opportunities for our Indigenous partners.
“Our art is hardly seen in the northeast, the Bazaars allow us to share our heritage. I am able to sell my art and the art of 2 different coops that support over 40 Wixarika-Huichol families who don't have a market in Mexico. There are only a few events that significantly have a positive impact in our lives, we deeply thank Cultural Survival for this opportunity.” — Cilau Valadez, Wixarika-Huichol yarn painter from Mexico.
"Participating in the CS Bazaars has helped us continue to generate our art, culture, and the knowledge of our ancestors. The benefits of the bazaars have gone directly to the artisans that auto-generates their own economy, clothing, and nourishment." Felicia Huarsaya Villasante, Aymara weaver from Peru
"Selling my art at the Cultural Survival Bazaars has been both positive and profitable for my family here and in Zimbabwe. It connects me to a larger market of art buyers. The Bazaars have played an emotionally uplifting role in my life. You need your mind to be free. When I go there, my mind is always free." Bernard Domingo, Shona wire artisan from Zimbabwe.
“Cultural Survival brings together artisans like us who are living our heritage through the production of our art. At the same time, we educate the public about the danger we face of losing our cultures through mass production in a global marketplace. We have met so many great people who understand the daily struggle we endure trying to earn a living as Native American artists. At Cultural Survival’s bazaars, we sell our art along side other Indigenous artisans from around the world. Cultural Survival provides the venues and marketing necessary for successful shows, especially in the current economy. Offering shopping in a global marketplace to knowledgeable people has proven not only beneficial for us, but essential in allowing us the opportunity to earn the income needed to continue focusing on creating original art that is true to our ancestry.” Lenny Novak Algonquin/Abenaqui artist
“Cultural Survival has given me the chance to demonstrate my Indigenous art, rug weavings, to the people in the U.S. It has allowed me to speak about the history of weaving and share ideas about organic dyeing. It has also given me the chance to talk about the history of Oaxaca, Mexico, and my village, Teotitlan del Valle. I have been able to explain many aspects of my Zapotec culture to people at the bazaars. Without Cultural Survival this exchange of information would not be possible.” Jose Buenaventura Gonzales Gutierrez, Zapotec Weaver
2). The Cultural Survival Bazaars increase global understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, cultures, and concerns.
The Bazaars expose over 40,000 people each year to Indigenous art, music, and culture, while giving visitors a chance to talk with Indigenous artists directly, learn about Indigenous communities, fair trade, and Cultural Survival’s nonprofit work worldwide.
"When I go to the Cultural Survival Bazaar I never feel like I am shopping, I know I am contributing… to the artisans I meet, to the fair trade companies and nonprofits that support many projects with Indigenous communities worldwide. I enjoy learning about and supporting Cultural Survival's respected work." CJ Hanley Bazaar attendee May 2010
3). The Cultural Survival Bazaars provide Cultural Survival and our Indigenous partners with marketing opportunities through our advertising and operation of the Cultural Survival Bazaar.