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Indigenous And Supaman Set To Perform At The Eiteljorg's Fellowship Celebration

by Hyacinth Rucker | Nov 06, 2015

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Native rapper and award-winning blues group to appear at Nov. 13 Contemporary Arts party

(INDIANAPOLIS) –  Fabulous art, soul-stirring blues and hip-hop beats will get the party started at the two-part celebration for Conversations, the 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship for Contemporary Art, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Native rapper Supaman and multi-Native American Music Award (NAMA)-winning group, Indigenous, will perform.

“The music of both Indigenous and Supaman reflects themes that also exist within the art in Conversations,” said Jennifer Complo McNutt, Eiteljorg contemporary art curator. “Their music is unapologetic and fresh, but also rich with historical and cultural resonance. Their performances will be an exciting part of the evening’s festivities.”

As front man for the group Indigenous, 2015 NAMA Artist of the Year Mato Nanji (Yankton Sioux) mixes soulful blues with Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar licks. Indigenous band members also include a trio of cousins from the Navajo Nation: guitarist Levi Platero, drummer Douglas Platero, and Bronson Begay on bass. Indigenous will perform at both Celebration!, the opening party and awards reception honoring the five Native artists receiving this year’s Fellowship, and the Contemporary Arts party that will follow.

Influenced by 90s-era hip-hop, Supaman, aka Chris Parrish Takes the Gun (Apsáalooke -Crow Nation), blends his passion for social justice with cultural pride. In colorful fancy dancing regalia, he is a one-man band performing original songs layered with flute music, drums, birdsong and bells. His songs compare life in the inner-city to life on the rez and address issues such as racism, poverty, crime and drugs. The power of love, family, identity, religion and heritage are also common themes. An award-winning fancy dancer, Supaman was named Artist of the Week in 2014 on the MTV Iggy blog. Supaman will perform at the Contemporary Arts party which will also feature Indianapolis samba/dance/dub DJ Kyle Long.

The public is invited to attend both the opening reception and the Contemporary Arts party. Ticket information is available at 317.275.1333 or


Friday, Nov. 13
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Celebration!

Awards reception honoring 2015 Fellows
Performance by Indigenous

Friday, Nov. 13
8 p.m. - midnight
Contemporary Arts Party

Featuring Indigenous, Supaman, and DJ Kyle Long

This year marks the ninth round of the museum’s biennial Contemporary Art Fellowship program. The Fellowship supports the work and legacy of emerging and established Native American and First Nations artists working with contemporary media and ideas in various mediums such as painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and installation.

About the Eiteljorg Museum

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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