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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Eiteljorg

by Alisa Nordholt-Dean | Oct 23, 2017

Mario Martinez_Conversation

November is National Native American Heritage Month and what better way to celebrate than by visiting the Eiteljorg. Peruse the museum galleries, join in a curator tour, see Native Art Now! and meet two incredibly talented Native artists visiting Indianapolis to inspire visitors and showcase their beadwork skills. Here is a sampling of what’s in store for November.

Curator’s Choice Tour:
Cut Fold, and Sew: The Miami, Potawatomi and Delaware Arts of Ribbonwork with Dr. Scott Shoemaker, the Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback curator of Native American art, history and culture. Nov. 3 at noon.

Native Art Now! 
Don’t miss this exhibit of iconic contemporary Native art from the Eiteljorg’s permanent collection. Opens Nov. 11.

Karen Ann HoffmanArtist in Residence: Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida)
Award-winning artist Karen Ann Hoffman creates beautifully decorative pieces using Iroquois raised beadwork. Her work has been displayed across the nation and is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and other institutions. Meet Karen and learn about her art and culture during open studio sessions on Nov. 11, 18 and 25. She will also teach a brooch-making workshop on Nov. 22.

Katrina MittenArtist in Residence: Katrina Mitten (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma)
Beadwork artist Katrina Mitten creates embroidery-style beadwork traditional to Native peoples of the Great Lakes. She has won numerous awards for her work over the years and her pieces can be seen in museums around the nation. On Nov. 24 and 25, meet Katrina, learn about her Miami culture, and watch as she demonstrates beadwork techniques.

Visit for the latest information about art-making events and opportunities to meet artists.


Image caption for Native Art Now! image at top:

Mario Martinez (Pascua Yaqui, born 1953)
The Conversation, 2004
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship


This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Storyteller magazine.


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