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Eiteljorg Museum awards more than $28,000 to Native American artists

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Eiteljorg Museum awards more than $28,000 to Native American artists
Quilter awarded Best of Show out of more than 200 entries including the best work of Native artists from across North America

INDIANAPOLIS— Navajo quilter, Susan Hudson, whose work illustrates experiences of Native American communities, took the highly-sought Best of Show prize at the 23rd annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival, presented by Old National Bank. Hudson’s quilt, Warrior Story, embodies moments of Native history from 1492 to today.

“I do this to honor all our grandmothers and ancestors who were sent to the boarding schools and forced to sew…,” said Hudson, who traveled to Indianapolis from Sheep Springs, NM. “This comes from my heart. This comes from my dreams. This comes from the Great Spirit. This comes from my Spirit helpers and mostly my ancestors – all of those brave, brave women.”

In addition to Hudson’s prize, nationally-known judges Corwin (Corky) Clairmont and Linda King (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation), Theresa Secord (Penobscot), Dyani White Hawk Polk (Sicangu Lakota), and Mark Herndon awarded more than $28,000 in prizes and ribbons within 10 divisions including Best of Show, Best of Division and special awards: the Helen Kersting Award, which is given to an artist whose work exemplifies the highest quality of execution and innovation within a traditional medium, and the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award, which acquires work for the museum’s permanent collection. The following artists earned top honors:

Best of Show
Nii’ Da’ Ba’ Hii Ba’ (Warrior Story), a quilt by Susan Hudson (Navajo Dine')
Sheep Springs, NM
Click here to listen to Susan Hudson explain the significance of her-award winning quilt.
Susan Hudson - Eiteljorg Indian Market Best of Show

Helen Kersting Award
Thunderbird Kite, a weaving and textile by Martha Gradolf (Winnebago)
Nashville, IN

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
In Times of War, a war chief’s mantle made of turkey and goose feathers by Lisa Rutherford (Cherokee Nation)
Tahelquah, OK

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
Ode to Lillian St. Cyr, a buckskin bag with a quilled portrait of the artist Melanie Sainz’s (Ho-chunk National of Wisconsin) relative who gained fame as a silent film actress
Phoenix, AZ
(Award sponsored by Timothy Foundation)

The 2015 Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival Best of Division winners:

Painting, drawings, photography and prints
Greed by Anita Caldwell Jackson (Echota Cherokee)
McAlester, OK

Eeyuni Dyunni (Pottery Spirit) by Walter Torres (Acoma Pueblo)
Pueblo of Acoma in NM

Carvings and dolls
Maak Katsinam (Hunters) by Mavasta Honyouti (Hopi)
Hotevilla, AZ

Cutting Edge Necklace by John Knotts (Cherokee)
Disney, OK

Fish Bowl by Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Santa Clara Pueblo in NM

Skyloomers Descent – Iroquois Creation by Ronnie-Leigh Goeman (Onondaga)
Nedrow, NY

Weavings and textiles
Nii’ Da’ Ba’ Hii Ba’ Hane’ (Warrior Story) by Susan Hudson (Navajo Diné)
Sheep Springs, NM

Cultural items
Deextga Gyemk (Halo of the Moon) by David R. Boxley (Tsimshian)
Metlakatla, AK

Captured by Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota)
White River, SD

Traditional and Contemporary Collaborative
Sights Bird in Milkweed by Pahponee (Kickapoo/Potawatomi) and Veronica Poblano (Zuni Pueblo) 
Elizabeth, CO

Thousands of fans of Native art and cultures, families and collectors enjoyed the two-day festival, featuring more than over 140 Native artists, in Indy’s Military Park. Entertainment for the market included sketch comedy group The 1491s, South Eastern Waterspider Drum and Native flute/electric guitar group Twin Rivers.

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit

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