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I love Indian Market & Festival!

by User Not Found | Jun 28, 2012
Metalsmith Cody Sanderson (Dine) with his work--a belt buckle sold at the 20th annual Indian Market and Festival; photo by Martha Hill

From an employee stand point, Indian Market and Festival often means 12-hour days, dirty feet, sunburns and exhaustion.  I’m sure there are some that would just focus on these aspects of the event, but not me! 

Indian Market and Festival is my favorite weekend of the year. (It doesn’t compete against the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship because that is a biennial event and out of the running for best of the year.) I might be biased since I started out as a festivals Intern back in 2007. This was my fifth year and it is still as awesome as the first time.  

When people ask why I love the weekend, it is really simple: I love having so many talented and wonderful Native artists in Indianapolis! It is an honor and a pleasure to spend time with them. The artwork is amazing and to be able to talk directly to an artist about their passion and skill is invaluable. 

It is also fun to have an excuse to buy lots of art and jewelry! 

If you didn’t make it to this year’s Indian Market and Festival, you should start making plans to attend next year. (Editor's note: June 22 and 23, 2013) If you did attend, leave a comment about why you love Indian Market and Festival!

Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art

Image Credit: Indian Market and Festival artist, metalsmith Cody Sanderson (Navajo/Diné) shows off his work--a belt buckle sold at this year's market. Photo by Martha Hill. 


  1. 2 Inna 25 Jul
    Hey, weidft du wie das Lied heidft, dass stets we4hrend der Umbaupausen gespielt wurde. Irgendwas mit snouds like a hurricane , dann kam auch immer noch ein Lied von The Hives. Aber dieses Hurricane-Umbaulied kenn ich nicht.Beste Grfcdfe
  2. 1 buy instagram likes 07 Jun
    This Indian Market and Festival is quite interesting, I'll definitely check this out next time and I love meeting talented people too to share some knowledge.


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