Shopping for Native-made gifts for Xmas can be tricky. The majority of work is sold online or through local shows during the holiday season. If you wait too long, you can miss out! Considering “local” can also mean I’ve driven a two-hour round trip journey just for oven bread and tamales, these spots are here in town or within driving distance and open to the public.
A working studio and gallery for local photographer Ungelbah Dávila (Navajo/Chicanx/Irish), Silver Moon Studio is also a safe space for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists and makers to display and sell their work. You’ll find a collection of Indigenous South American and Mexican art and oddities, as well as edgy, handmade leather purses by African American maker and biker Kerry Bridges.
HomegrowNM is a Native-owned boutique and contemporary art gallery, open 1 pm to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday or by appointment. HomegrowNM Trading Post has been a gem on Central for over two years now. The store has weathered a tough Nob Hill economy and a pandemic by showcasing some of the nicest gear and artwork by local N.M. Natives. The T-shirt game here is next level. It’s more than just hip hop; you can find something for anyone on that list here. While you’re there, grab a pic in front of the Nsrgnts mural next door!
3904 Central Ave. SE Suite B
If you are headed to Old Town for the tree and a little kitsch shopping, make sure to stop and visit one of only three Native-owned shops in the neighborhood. Allen Aragon Gallery keeps it real with the finest in Native American-made jewelry, art, sculpture and more in their gallery in the heart of ABQ’s most popular tourist spot. A great place to shop for friends and family and take your out-of-town guests.
206 San Felipe St. NW
The only Native-owned comic book shop on Planet Earth, this is Indigenerd HQ for all your Native and Indigenous comics, books and gaming needs. It’s been recognized on USA Today‘s 2021 “10 Best” list of unique bookstores and nominated for a 2021 Eisner Award. This is in your backyard people! How amazing a place! You will have questions. no doubt. Rest assured they have a super helpful and well-versed shopkeep to help you choose! Just behind Washington Middle School Park off 10th Street and Central.
1002 Park Ave. SW
Native women-owned and killing it! Bow and Arrow just released a “national land acknowledgment” label we highlighted last month in collaboration with other breweries around the country. But they didn’t stop there! This month they give us a new taste in stouts, introducing the Proper Pecan. Described as “roasty toasty pecans, gobs of cacao nibs and properly layered with luscious vanilla.” Perfect for drinking over the holidays. Located one and a half blocks south of Interstate 40 on the corner of Sixth Street and Bezemek Avenue.
608 McKnight Ave. NW