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Inside Indian Market & Festival: Meet Native artist Jody Naranjo

by Guest post by Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) | May 31, 2013
Two-time Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival Best of Show winner Jody Naranjo offers a glimpse inside Market from an artist’s perspective. 


The third weekend in June has become a significant time for me. Not only have I been fortunate with awards and sales, it’s a reunion for artists, collectors, museum volunteers and the Eiteljorg staff. Many of us travel a long way in hopes of selling our work and creating new connections with collectors. We also hope to have fun. The wonderful “Hoosier hospitality” definitely makes us feel welcome – and favorites like the Slippery Noodle and St Elmo help us feel like we’re home away from our homes.


I am an 8th generation potter from Santa Clara Pueblo located in Northern New Mexico. I make a contemporary form, but still use traditional materials and techniques. We dig our clay from ancestral ground, burnish with a river bed stone and fire using wood and cow manure. 

From Contemporary Native American Artists by Suzanne Deats
Photograph by Kitty Leaken

Last year, for the 20th anniversary of the Eiteljorg Indian Market, I was honored to be the signature artist. My drawing, Native Art Goes to Indy, was my interpretation of the annual market: a Native American jeweler, painter and potter stand in front of a vibrant Indianapolis skyline. I was inspired after seeing the skyline used on Superbowl posters and pins. The outlines of the buildings reminded me of pueblos. I was proud to see Native Art Goes to Indy in ads and on the programs and also to see my animals, which were used on the t-shirt and at the hands-on family activity area.


Over the years, the Eiteljorg Market has grown, but it maintains the reunion feeling. It is great to see old friends and to make new friends. We artists are grateful to be so openly welcomed.

Thank you Indy!


Come meet Jody and other artists on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23 at Indian Market and Festival! Purchase your $8 tickets on our website by clicking this LINK.



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