SANTA FE, N.M. — Cara Romero’s “The Last Indian Market” is part parody, myth and homage, an assemblage of 12 “disciples” framing a Buffalo Man as its magnetic centerpiece.
The Santa Fe-based Chemehuevi photographer directed this playful take on both the Santa Fe Indian Market and Leonardo Da Vinci at the Coyote Cafe in 2015.
The figural lineup incorporates a dozen who’s who of Native artists. There’s famed film director Chris Eyre, Romero’s husband; the celebrated Cochiti Pueblo potter Diego Romero, self-cast as Judas; and bead and performance artist Marcus Amerman in the central role of a furry Christ figure. Indian Market groupies can also spot jeweler Kenneth Johnson; painter Darrell Vigil Gray; Jemez Pueblo potter Kathleen Wall; printmaker/painter Linda Lomahafetewa; designer Pilar Agoyo; and painter America Meredith.
Romero stitched the print together from five photographs.