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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! 
    and...
    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.

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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 

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    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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  • Indian Market and Festival | David Boxley

    by Jaq Nigg, Eiteljorg festivals and markets manager | Jun 16, 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
    and...
    Number 3: Down Feathers and Masks!

    David Boxley - 2 Indian Market 
    David R. Boxley is an esteemed Tsimshian artist from Metlakatla, Alaska, who will be performing stories and songs, as well as selling his artwork as a featured artist in the Eiteljorg Store Market Tent. 

    I am of the first generation of Alaskan Tsimshian’s to be raised with the potlatch system. I thank my ancestors who built such a rich and beautiful culture and who, through great struggle, endured to ensure a future for their children. I thank the elders that had the knowledge of the old days and for passing that knowledge on to my father. I thank my father for working so hard to help rebuild our culture. I thank everyone of his generation that have taken it into their hearts and passed it on to their children. I thank those of my generation who stand with me in living and perpetuating our culture. It is not for us that we’ve done all that we have. It is for the generations to come. Art is the visual representation of a culture and I am honored to be one of those who carry that responsibility.”
    - David R. Boxley

     

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    From a very young age David was passionate and proud of his culture. He began carving under the instruction of his father, esteemed carver David A. Boxley, at six years old, and around this same time he also began to travel around the United States to assist in raising totem poles and teaching people about Tsimshian culture.

    As an adult, he has continued to express the love and respect he has for Tsimshian culture through his art, cultural performances and teaching. David’s elegant design style is drawn from a strong tradition of Tsimshian carving and design, and has been heavily influenced by the teachings of his father, Haida artist Robert Davidson and the old masters. From 2009-2011, David Robert carved alongside Haida artist Robert Davidson. David won the Eiteljorg Indian Market Best of Show award in 2009.

    In addition to carving full-time, David and his father lead their dance group, the Git-Hoan Dancers, in performances around North America. David has also teaches S’malgyax (Tsimshian language), Tsimshian culture and Northwest Coast design. 

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    David is well respected for his artistic abilities, and for being one of the most prominent Native leaders of his generation. In 1982, David Robert’s father was the first man to hold a potlatch in his village of Metlakatla in modern times. At twenty years of age, David Robert followed in his father’s footsteps by being the first of his generation to hold his own potlatch and has hosted 4 more since.  
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    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.

    Go comment!




  • Indian Market & Festival | Twin Rivers

    by Jaq Nigg, Eiteljorg festivals and events manager | Jun 16, 2015

    As Indian Market and Festival draws near, we’d like to tell you about some of the things we’re extra excited about.

    #1: The 1491s

     #2: Ready to dance!

    Twin Rivers is a four piece group infusing reggae, rock, jazz and traditional Native voices to create a positive sound for the contemporary ear.

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    Musicians Adrian Wall and Ed Kabotie have known each other since their early teens. Over the years, they have fostered a friendship that is embodied in the music of their band, Twin Rivers. The winsome blend of traditional and contemporary vocals combined with beautifully melodic songs create a refreshingly genuine expression by these Pueblo artists.

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    The group has developed a conscious sense of environment that remains prominent in their music. Lead singer Ed Kabotie develops lyrics derived from his traditional Hopi and Tewa heritage. Jemez Pueblo flutist and guitarist Adrian Wall lays down the melody. Drummer Ehren Kee Natay (Navajo/Cherokee) and bassist, Rylan Kabotie (Jicarilla Apache) provide the drive and groove. The group collectively brings together multiple Native cultural identities to provide songs that accept the philosophy that we are all distinct, but connected as one.

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

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    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.

    Go comment!




  • Indian Market & Festival | The 1491s

    by Jaq Nigg, Eiteljorg festivals and markets manager | Jun 16, 2015

    As Indian Market and Festival draws near, we’d like to tell you about some of the things we’re extra excited about.

    #1: The 1491s are coming! The 1491s are coming!

    Performing both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm at Indian Market and Festival as well as a sneak performance at the Friday night Preview Party, the comedy group The 1491s

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    Our official descriptions of The 1491s:

    Admired by fans for poking fun of stereotypes and offering unexpected insights into contemporary Native American life, the sketch comedy group 1491s has received national recognition for their mix of irreverent, ironic and highly infectious humor. Recently featured on a segment of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that focused on issues surrounding the name of the Washington NFL team, the 1491s don’t shy away from uncomfortable subjects. Using performance art and social media, they have built a large following challenging perceptions and taking aim at the appropriation of Indigenous cultures.

    In their own words (from their website):

    The 1491s comedy group is based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of Indigenous satire. They coined the term “All My Relations,” and are still waiting for the royalties. They were at Custer’s Last Stand. They mooned Chris Columbus when he landed. They invented bubble gum.

     

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    Basically, the 1491s are funny. But, don’t take our word for it. Check out some of their videos:

    Indian Store

    Honor Song

    I’m an Indian Too

    Represent – Jingle Dance

    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.

    Go comment!




  • Eiteljorg Video Series: Want Great Food? Plant an Herb Garden!

    by Brian Poonpanij, Kahn's Catering Vice President of Food and Beverage | Jun 09, 2015

     

    Kahn's Catering is the Eiteljorg's exclusive caterer. Please watch the video above to learn great tips on how to grow your own herb garden from Chef Sam, Kahn's Executive Chef. And, Brian Poonpanij, Kahn's Vice President of Food and Beverage also shares some wonderful tips on how to bring more flavor to our food in the blog post below.

    So many of our recipes depend on fresh herbs. Fresh herbs impart a flavor that you cannot duplicate with dried herbs. Select the herbs you love, the ones you'll use in the items you frequently cook. Also select herbs that will grow well where you intend to plant them. Check the tag, or with your local nursery to learn where your herbs will grow best.

    Whether planting in a garden or into a container, great soil matters. Composting your food and garden waste helps to reduce waste and create a valuable soil amendment.  Soil amendments add nutrients, and help to lighten or drain dense or heavy soils, helping plants to be healthier. Alternatively, you can purchase bagged soils or soil amendments. My favorite brand is Garden Magic, which has a great quality, dark, rich peat that I mix into the soil before I plant any vegetables, flowers, shrubs or trees. (Garden Magic Peat is available at Rosie’s Gardens in Carmel, IN)

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    When transplanting plants, don’t do it in the heat of day. Evening is a great time to get things planted. Start by preparing a hole about 50 percent deeper and wider than the root ball of the plant you are planting (This is so the plant has great soil into which it can establish new roots). Put some of your soil amendment into the hole, so that when you put in the plant, the top of the root ball will be equal to the surrounding soil. Carefully take the root ball, and use your fingers to loosen it a bit. Set the plant in the hole, and carefully fill a mix of soil and soil amendment back around the plant. Don’t pack the soil too tight as it needs to breath. Lightly water.

    Keep in mind your plant will need more attention during the first weeks while it settles in.  Make sure to keep the soil moist while it establishes new roots.

    You saw our Chef in the video pinch off the tip of the stem. This helps encourage fuller growth. You can do it when you plant it. Keep an eye on herbs like basil, which will want to flower in warm weather. Don’t let it flower, as flavor diminishes. Just pinch off the flower heads as they appear.

    With very little effort, you can get great, fresh herbs, from your own garden. But, if you don’t have the time or space, you can get fresh herbs at your grocery. Don’t skimp, it’s the best way to get fresh flavor in many dishes.

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