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Wed, Aug 16


La Fonda on the Plaza

2023 IAIA Annual Benefit & Auction

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2023 IAIA Annual Benefit & Auction
2023 IAIA Annual Benefit & Auction

Time & Location

Aug 16, 2023, 5:00 PM MDT – Aug 17, 2023, 9:30 PM MDT

La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the event

On August 16, 2023, IAIA leadership, alum artists, and donors gather at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for an evening of art, entertainment, and fundraising to provide essential scholarship support for IAIA students. The benefit event will feature a silent auction on La Fonda’s La Terraza, a live auction of one-of-a-kind works by contemporary Indigenous artists, and a live paddle call. Those who cannot attend in person can participate with remote and online auction bidding. Whether you attend in person or participate online, your support is an investment in college access and success for Indigenous students. Tickets and auction registration is available now.

Featured performances throughout the evening from Geneviève Gros-Louis Salamone and Stephanie Big Eagle.

About the performers:

Geneviève Gros-Louis Salamone, a renowned violinist, film composer, and producer from the Huron-Wendat Nation, has gained global acclaim for her exceptional talents. Despite childhood trauma, she fearlessly uses her platform to shed light on mental health, women facing sexual violence, and challenges Indigenous communities confront. With a violin performance degree and Indigenous studies background from McGill University, Geneviève composes captivating film scores, performs globally with her mesmerizing violin, and produces award-winning music at Wendat Records. Her music has graced esteemed events like Cannes Film Festival, Paris Fashion Week, and Wendake International Pow Wow, captivating audiences with her cultural storytelling. For more information on her music, please visit:

Stephanie Big Eagle is a descendant of the Oceti Sakowin, particularly the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Kul Wicasa Lakota tribes on her father's side. On her mother's side, she is of Nordic, Baltic, and Inuit heritage. She is featured in Season 2: Episode 2 of "Skindigenous," a thirteen-part documentary series exploring Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world, airing on PBS and APTN television networks. She graduated from Sacramento City College with an Associates of Science Degree in Biology in 2016. During the same year, she was educated in the traditional technique of hand poke tattoo, and created her first tattoo design, the Standing Rock Tattoo. She is now a full-time hand poke tattoo artist, and an Indigenous and environmental activist, who tours nationally and internationally to share her art. She seeks the legal reform of CPS and the State regarding the arbitrary separation of Indigenous parents and children, along with the abolishment of the Doctrine of Discovery that made it all possible. For more information or bookings visit

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