One of downtown Indianapolis’ top artistic and cultural celebrations returns for its 25th anniversary.
Visitors can meet Native American artists from more than 60 tribes and purchase their handmade art, including jewelry, pottery, beadwork, cultural items, basketry, paintings, sculpture and weavings. The weekend also will feature performances from renowned Native American musicians Arvel Bird and Tony Duncan, as well as family-friendly cultural demonstrations of Native art, cooking and storytelling.
Artists’ booths will be located both outside and inside the museum. A special feature this year will be a museum gallery exhibit celebrating 25 years of collecting Native American art during previous Eiteljorg Indian Markets.
After a modest start in 1993, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has grown into one of the top Native American art markets in the nation; and thousands of people attend the event held on the weekend after Father’s Day each year. Artists are chosen through a juried selection; and for artists to be eligible to participate, all entries must be handmade within the past two years by the artist entering the piece. Entries must be available for purchase during Indian Market and Festival and not include any part of a species of a protected animal. To ensure authenticity of artwork, all artists must provide documentation confirming they are members of a state or federally recognized tribe under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. Judges who review the artwork will present awards to artists in multiple divisions, including a youth division.
With the objective of building support for and interest in Native American arts and cultures, the market draws both serious art collectors as well as families interested in cultural experiences through interacting with artists and Native American music, dance and storytelling. Two crowd-pleasing recording artists who blend contemporary and traditional styles will return for the 25th anniversary Indian Market and Festival, performing multiple sets:
New to the Indian Market and Festival this year is veteran storyteller Ramona Moore Big Eagle (Tuscarora/Cherokee). As the oral historian and legend-keeper of the Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina, she is an educator and motivational speaker who embodies the authentic storytelling tradition. Returning storyteller Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) also will talk about her culture, accompanied by flute, rattle and drum.
Indian Market and Festival is located on the beautiful Eiteljorg Museum grounds to provide guests with a more immersive cultural and museum experience. Market-goers can shop from artists both outside and inside, participate in hands-on art activities, enjoy performances, take a break for lunch in the Museum Café or try Indian tacos and buffalo burgers from one of the food vendors, see the 25th anniversary gallery exhibit and enjoy the ongoing Dogs: Faithful and True exhibition and the museum’s Western and Native American art galleries.
Preview Party: Friday, June 23.
Tickets: $13, adults; $11, seniors; free, kids 17 and under and members.