If you’re looking to buy authentic Native American goods in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the porch of the Palace of the Governors would be a place to start. The porch, or portal as it’s called, is reserved exclusively for New Mexico Native American vendors. Every day local artists bring their jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings, and other wares to the palace entrance to sell. When I visited, the temperature was near freezing and the wind was blowing, but there wasn’t a vendor space unoccupied.
Each vendor has to abide by strict rules ensuring the authenticity of their work. Products can only be sold by the artist or one of their family members.
The adobe building itself is also an attraction. The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States. It was built between 1610 and 1618 and was originally used by the governor of the Spanish territory that covered much of the southwest. It changed ownership several times as did the territory itself. The Palace of the Governors, located on the Santa Fe Plaza, is now a National Historic Landmark and houses the New Mexico History Museum.