Native American Pavilion returning to 2018 Vegas souvenir show |

Native American Pavilion returning to 2018 Vegas souvenir show

Special to First Nation’s Focus

LAS VEGAS — Building momentum from its highly successful 2017 debut, the Native American Pavilion will return for the 2018 edition of the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show with even more one-of-a-kind designs, authentic American Indian artisan crafts and daily cultural demonstrations.

The show takes place Sept. 25-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For 2018, buyers will be able to explore jewelry, food products, apparel, artwork, music, health/beauty and other works by traditional and contemporary artisans from Plains Tribes, the Northwest and other key areas around the country.

To ensure that the new Pavilion continues to bring together the best possible mix of products and engagement opportunities for retailers and participating Native purveyors, show producer Clarion UX (formerly Urban Expositions) will once again partner with retail veteran and industry consultant Karen Tryman, who was instrumental in the Pavilion’s successful 2017 launch.

Tryman, now Retail Director for Yellowstone National Park Lodges, is working closely with the sales and marketing team at Clarion UX to guide exhibit sales and program development for the 2018 Pavilion.

“The overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from the Native American Pavilion debut — from small independents to large concessionaires alike — confirmed our belief that retailers are looking for those unique designs that tell a story and help their stores stand apart,” said Lisa Glosson, vice president, gift & souvenir, at Clarion UX. “This pavilion is the perfect complement to the show’s product mix and we are thrilled to be working with Karen again this year to expand this unique product and cultural feature.”

Native American vendors confirmed for the 2018 Pavilion include, among others: Bolton Inc., First American Traders, Foutz Trading Company, Indigenous Collection by CAP, Kachina House, Kiernan Enterprises, Lawrence Vargas, Nuwati Herbals, Inc., R.L. Fox Company, Rabbit, Bill & Traci, Rio Grand Wholesale, Shotridge Studios, Shiprock Trading Post, Supersmith Inc., T.D. Fashion, Taos Drums, and Trickster.

The Pavilion will also feature a number of daily cultural demonstrations, including jewelry making, musical performances and story-telling. A special networking event and silent auction benefiting the American Indian College Fund is also in the works.

Now celebrating its 13th year, the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show is the largest of its kind in the nation and the industry’s annual meeting place. Visit to learn more.

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