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Indian Market and Festival 2015 | Celebrating Great Stories

by Jaq Nigg, Eiteljorg festivals and markets manager | Jun 23, 2015
As Indian Market and Festival draws near, we’d like to tell you about some of the things we’re extra excited about.

Number 1: The 1491s
Number 2: Twin Rivers 
Number 3: Down Feathers and Masks! 
Number 4: Stories!

At Indian Market and Festival, June 27-28, we will celebrate the artistry and cultural importance of storytelling, through stories, artwork, music and food.

Storytelling is a diverse and powerful medium of imagery and description. Stories are both the key and the door to other times, peoples and cultures. They illustrate the lives and values of Native peoples, giving perspective on life in America before contact, as well as after the dramatic changes post contact. The role of storytelling in piecing together the past is important, but the continued importance of modern storytelling in Native cultures shows the significance of changes to values and daily life.

There are as many different stories as there are tribes, stories that document history and illuminate the physical past; creation stories that establish the origin of life and values; educational stories that teach lessons and morals; healing stories that impact wounds and seek to make a positive return back to strength, faith, tradition and family; and humorous stories that entertain and captivate audiences.

Earlier, we talked about our excitement to hear stories from comedy group, The 1491s and from esteemed Tsimshian artist David R. Boxley.

But that’s not all!

STORYTELLERS - leaf arrow storytellers

 The Leaf Arrow Storytellers, Donna Couteau Cross (Sac and Fox) and Joe Cross (Caddo/ Potawatomi), mix coyote and creation stories with folklore for a rich experience interlaced with songs and traditional dances. They celebrate Native cultures, traditions, family life and respect for Mother Earth and the environment with contemporary and historical stories that honor tribal family values.


Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) is the storyteller-in-residence at the Eiteljorg. She teaches cultural awareness and presents Native cultures through storytelling and songs. She is also an artist, drummer, rattle maker, Native flute player and poet.



DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama) is a photographer, painter and printmaker whose stories reflect a love for nature and encompass the many sides of history.



SouthEastern Waterspider Drum tell stories through song, performing authentic northeastern and southeastern Woodland Native American music. Singers and drummers celebrate Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Lumbee, Shawnee and North East Susquehanna Indian cultures.  

For more information about what’s happening Indian Market weekend, and to purchase advance sale tickets, visit Indian Market & Festival info 


Before the kick-off of Indian Market, the Eiteljorg will host two parties Friday, June 26 – the official IMF Preview Party and the AfterGlow party featuring the 1491s and DJ Kyle Long.

Preview Party Details
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Price: $90/members $100/non-members
An exclusive first-look shopping opportunity and reception. Attendees get free weekend passes to Indian Market and Festival.

IMF AfterGlow
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Price: Free for AGAVE members and $15/non-members and non-Indian Market and Festival Preview Party attendees
Grab a glow stick and join us for beverages, dancing, desserts and entertainment by the 1491s and DJ Kyle Long. Interact with artists in a relaxed setting along the canal and underneath The Sails of the Eiteljorg. Call (317) 275-1333 to make reservations.

Time, Tickets and Parking
- Indian Market and Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in White River State Park’s Military Park, just north of the museum in downtown Indianapolis.

- Discounted advanced tickets for the event are on sale at the Eiteljorg Museum, on the museum’s website and Marsh Supermarkets or by calling 1-800-622-2024.

- Advance sale tickets are $10. Tickets during the market are $12 at the gate. Kids 17 and under are FREE. Admission to the Eiteljorg is included.

- White River State Park underground garage next to the Eiteljorg Museum and IUPUI parking lots across from Military Park provides the most convenient and inexpensive parking for this event. Shuttles to and from the museum are available.

-Parking in the White River State Park garage will not be validated Indian Market weekend.

For even more information about what’s happening Indian Market weekend, and to purchase advance sale tickets, visit Indian Market & Festival info.


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