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  • Eiteljorg Insider | Meet Agave President Justin Sufan

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Jul 10, 2014

    Tonight, beginning at 5:30, Agave, the Eiteljorg's young professionals' auxiliary will co-host a "Sip & Learn" event featuring Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison at the Eiteljorg and 431 Gallery: Art and Impact, at the Indiana State Museum. Agave is teaming up with 1816, the State Museum's young professionals' group. 

    Lots of planning goes into developing an event that takes 20-to-30 somethings to two museums in the same night. And, Agave's dedicated and creative team works hard to make it happen. We asked Agave President Justin Sufan a few questions about Agave and why young professionals should join!

    EITELJORG BLOG: What interested you in joining Agave?

     JUSTIN: Other than having an appreciation of the local arts scene, I've always had a special interest in the Eiteljorg Museum.  I remember originally visiting the Eiteljorg at a young age on a school field trip, and since then I've always held the Museum in high regard.  A few years ago while attending IndyHub's Get IndyVolved event at the Children's Museum, I came across the Agave booth.  The Agave members had a lot of exciting things to share about the Museum, and I joined on the spot!  Like many other young professionals in Indianapolis, I find that Agave offers the perfect blend of networking coupled with the Arts.

     EITELJORG BLOG: What plans do you have to make the Agave experience even better this year?

    JUSTIN:  We look to offer a Young Professional (YP) experience that's very different agavehappyhouranseladams1from what other YP groups in Indy offer.  Agave closed out a successful 2013 and, in large part, this was due to the help of a new and engaged auxiliary board.  We plan to build on that success in 2014.  We've had exciting events the first half of the year and even more planned later - including Jorgstock on the Canal August 23, our Freiteljorg Halloween party in October, and a Holiday party in December.  Of course we'll continue to offer Happy Hour events throughout the year.  All of our events celebrate the Museum, and feature a current exhibit.

    EITELJORG BLOG: Why should young professionals join Agave?

    JUSTIN: There is something distinct here at the Eiteljorg.  Your participation in Agave opens doors to a great network of intelligent and contemporary community leaders in Indianapolis who share an appreciation of culture and the arts...  and at only $30 a year, the value far exceeds the entry point.  We have an inviting Agave board and we make personal connections with all of our members.  We have great events, opportunities to meet new people, and excellent educational programs. Finally, our events are FUN.  They range from low key curator-led Happy Hour events to raucous parties on the canal with incredible bands and DJs.  Not to mention, all of our events are open to the public so you can bring your friends too!

    Justin works full time in regulatory affairs for Indianapolis Power & Light Co.


    Agave Sip & Learn
    Thursday, July 10
    5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Admission is $25; $15 for Agave and 1816 members
    Hosted by: Agave, the Eiteljorg Museum’s young professionals’ auxiliary, and 1816 Associate Board, the Indiana State Museum’s young professionals’ group.
    Guests will enjoy local brew, wine and eats while experiencing two of Indy’s premier cultural institutions. The evening begins at the Eiteljorg, where guests will get a private curator-led tour of the museum’s Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison exhibit. Then, they will walk over to the Indiana State Museum for a VIP exploration of 431 Gallery: Art and Impact. Tickets available at


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  • My First Indian Market and Festival | Perspective from a 20-Something

    by By: Kirstin Brueckmann | Jun 26, 2014
    My experience at the Eiteljorg’s 22nd Indian Market & Festival was wonderful!

    Honestly, I had never heard of this event before and I’ve lived in Indianapolis for my entire life but I’m so glad that I was able to make it out this weekend. I’m always interested in going to art and cultural events in the city so it was very cool to find a new one. The overall atmosphere of the event was so friendly and inviting! It was a beautiful day to be downtown walking around. Although a lot of the art is out of my price range, it is all absolutely stunning and unique. I really enjoyed walking around in the tents and talking to some of the different artists about their pieces. I especially enjoyed catching a little bit of Scatter Their Own’s set in the performance tent. It’s so cool how much variety there is at the event!
    One of my absolute favorite parts was all of the food trucks. I had the Das Fritz sandwich from Der Pretzel Wagen and it was absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend Indian Market & Festival to my friends and family because I think more people in Indy need to realize how cool of an event it is.
    After Indian Market I also walked over to the museum and explored the exhibits a little bit. Seriously, the Eiteljorg rocks. Everyone should make a point of heading over to the museum sometime this summer.

    Kirstin Brueckmann, age 21 

  • Eiteljorg Museum awards more than $23,000 to Native American artists

    by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Jun 26, 2014

    Judges evaluated more than 200 entries featuring the best work
    of Native artists from across North America.

    INDIANAPOLIS— Upstate New York natives, Ronnie Leigh (Onondaga) and Stonehorse Goeman (Seneca), who specialize in combining traditional Iroquois methods of basket making with sculpture, took the coveted Best of Show honor at the 22nd annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival where more than 130 Native American artists, from across the country, were honored for their artwork. Some of the highest honors went to artists from Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, New York, Wisconsin and Vancouver, BC.

    Nationally-known judges, Anita Fields (Osage), Yatika Fields (Cherokee/Creek/Osage), Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock), Linley B. Logan (Seneca, Deer Clan) and Duane Maktima (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi) awarded more than $23,000  in cash and ribbons within 10 divisions, including Best of Show, Best of Division and special awards: the Helen Kersting Award, which is given to an artist whose work exemplifies the highest quality of execution and innovation within a traditional medium, and the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award (awarded to two artists this year), which acquires work for the museum’s permanent collection.

    Best of Show
    He Takes His Place by Ronnie Leigh Goeman (Onondaga) and Stonehorse Goeman (Seneca)
    Nedrow, NY
    Click here to listen to Ronnie Leigh’s reaction shortly after learning she’d won.
    Helen Kersting Award
    Circular Feather Set by Brian Szabo (Sicangu Lakota-Rosebud Sioux Tribe)
    Fort Atkinson, WI

    Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    Doyunis (The Water Spider) wampum necklace by Antonio Grant (Eastern Band Cherokee)
    Tahelquah, OK

    Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    Blue Herons Basket by Ronnie Leigh Goeman (Onondaga) and Stonehorse Goeman (Seneca)
    Nedrow, NY

    The 2014 Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival Best of Division winners:

    Painting, drawings, photography and prints
    On to Market by Jodi M. Webster (Ho-Chunk Nation/Prairie Band Potawatomi)
    Lawrence, KS

    Rainbow Maidens by Ryan Gashweseoma (Hopi)
    Kingman, AZ

    Carvings and dolls
    Sunface Katsina by Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi)
    Rimrock, AZ

    Circular Feather Set by Brian Szabo (Sicangu Lakota-Rosebud Sioux Tribe))
    Fort Atkinson, WI

    Nature by Delmar Polacca (Hopi/Tewa)
    Tuba City, AZ

    He Takes His Place by Ronnie Leigh Goeman (Onondaga) and Stonehorse Goeman (Seneca )
    Nedrow, NY

    Weavings and textiles
    Blue Canyon by Florence Manygoats (Navajo (Dine))

    Tonahea, AZ

    Cultural items
    Warrior’s Ceremonial Cup by Antonio Grant (Eastern Band Cherokee)
    Tahelquah, OK

    Calm Waters Run Deep by Sho Sho Esquiro (KaskaKene)
    Ross River, Yukon Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Did You Just Say Ribbit? By Ronnie Leigh Goeman (Onondaga) and Stonehorse Goeman (Seneca)
    Nedrow, NY

    This year, more than 6,100 people enjoyed  the two-day festival, which is the largest juried sale and show of Native American art in the Midwest. Entertainment for the market included Grammy award winning singer Joanne Shenandoah (Iroquois), world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan with Estun-bah (Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan) and Native rock duo Scatter Their Own (Oglala Lakota), who had just performed a gig during South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has become a mainstay in the Indianapolis arts community, allowing the public to enjoy not only celebrated artwork, but a full cultural experience of authentic Native American foods, performances, art demonstrations and family activities.

    To be eligible to participate in the Indian Market and Festival, all entries must be handmade within the last two years by the artist entering the piece. They must also be available for purchase during the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival, and must not include any part of a species of protected animal. To ensure the authenticity of the artwork and to protect the artists, all artists must provide documentation confirming that they are members of a state- or federally-recognized tribe.

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  • World Champion Hoop Dancer to Teach Hoop Dance 101 at Indian Market and Festival

    by Francesca Ducanes, Eiteljorg public programs intern | Jun 19, 2014

    The 22nd Annual Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival is proud to once again headline world-champion hoop dancer and performing artist Tony Duncan (Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan). Duncan will be performing at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,  and presenting teaching Hoop Dance 101 at 2:30 p.m. both days. His workshop—a way to give people, especially children, an introduction to the significance of the hoop—is always a highlight of Indian Market, and this year is no exception.

    Named Artist of the Year in the 14th annual Native American Music Awards, Duncan has had multiple worldwide performances in both dance and music.  As a flute player, he is currently signed to the largest Native American music label, Canyon Records, and has toured with other acclaimed Native American artists, including Grammy-award winning singer Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida), who will also perform at this year's Indian Market.

    With his recording group Estun-Bah, Duncan captures the true essence of Native America with the accompaniment of guitarist Darren Yazzie (Navajo) and drummer Jeremy Dancing Bull (Hidatsa/Arikara). Together, they blend traditional and contemporary styles to create their unique approach to Native American music.

    May it be through music or dance, there is one thing that drives Duncan: to share the beauty of his Native people with the world.

    Click here to see Tony Duncan’s 1st Place Entry at the 2011 Hoop Dance Championship.

    Entertainment schedule for Saturday and Sunday:
    10 a.m.           Welcome and Prayer
    10:15 a.m.      Teresa Webb, Storytelling
    11 a.m.           Joanne Shenandoah, music
     Noon              Scatter Their Own, alter-Native music
    1 p.m.             Tony Duncan and Estun-Bah, hoop dancing
    2 p.m.             Joanne Shenandoah and Douglas George Kanentiio, storytelling
    3 p.m.             Scatter Their Own, alter-Native music

    Cultural demonstration schedule for Saturday and Sunday:
    11:30 a.m.     SouthEastern WaterSpider Drum
    12:30 p.m.     Teresa Webb, storytelling
    1:30 p.m.       Summer Peters (OJibwe), 2013 Best of Show winner, beadwork
    2:30 p.m.       Hoop Dance 101 with Tony Duncan

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  • Joanne Shenandoah brings sweet, strong voice back to Indian Market and Festival

    by Francesca Ducanes, Eiteljorg festivals public programs intern | Jun 17, 2014

    Joanne Shenandoah
    Award winning singer Joanne Shenandoah makes her return to Indian Market. She'll perform Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.

    When multitalented, award-winning composer and musician Joanne Shenandoah performed at the Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival in 2006, visitors weren’t merely entertained, they were entranced. Songs, sung in a sweet, clear, strong and beautiful voice – and often in Iroquois – are like a lullaby, with a touch of longing beneath the surface. Robbie Robertson of The Band says, “She weaves you into a trance with her beautiful Iroquois chants and wraps her voice around you like a warm blanket on a cool winter’s night.”

    A member of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation, of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, Shenandoah is the most critically acclaimed Native American singer of her time. She has recorded more than 16 albums and won a multitude of awards, including a Grammy and 13 Native American Music Awards (Nammys). She has graced stages at The White House, Carnegie Hall, three Presidential Inaugurations, Madison Square Garden, The NMAI-Smithsonian and Woodstock ’94.

    Her parents had a deep love for music, encouraging her to study voice, flute, piano, clarinet, guitar and cello. Her talent, combined with her beautiful, clear voice, enables her to embellish the ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation. Her music reflects the indigenous philosophy and culture which continue to have a profound effect on the world today. From traditional chants to contemporary ballads of Native ways, her music has been described as an emotional experience, a “Native American trance.”

    Back for a second time at this year’s Indian Market at the Eiteljorg Museum, Joanne Shenandoah is joined by her daughter Leah and her sister Diane to perform and captivate the hearts of audiences once more.  Her daughter, Leah Shenandoah, another accomplished musician, has been singing harmonies with her mother and aunt for most of her life. Leah weaves together Native American and hip-hop/electronic-dance music, which can be heard on her debut album Spektre. A collaboration with Jason “JJ Boogie” Richert, known for his work with Afrocentric rap group, Arrested Development, the album displays the full range of Leah’s vocal abilities. Leah is also a jewler, weaver, painter, sculptor, multimedia artist, clothing designer, and community activist. Together, both mother and daughter will capture the hearts of audiences in this year’s festival.

    Joanne Shenandoah will be performing music with her daughter and sister on the main stage as well as storytelling along with her husband Doug George-Kanentiio (Iroquois) on both days of the festival.

    Entertainment Schedule
    Saturday and Sunday (June 21 - 22)

    10 a.m. Welcome and Prayer
    10:15 a.m.
    Teresa Webb, Storytelling
    11 a.m.
    Joanne Shenandoah, music
    Noon Scatter Their Own, alter-Native music
    1 p.m. Tony Duncan and Estun-Bah, hoop dancing
    2 p.m. Joanne Shenandoah and Douglas George Kanentiio, storytelling
    3 p.m. Scatter Their Own, alter-Native music


    Join us for a weekend celebration of Native American cultures through art, music, dance, demonstrations, food and more. Featuring Native performers and more than 150 artists from more than 60 tribes, Indian Market and Festival is a one-of-a kind cultural experience right here in the Midwest. Click this link to purchase tickets. Advance tickets are $10 and include admission for one adult (children 17 and under are free) to the Indian Market and Festival and the museum. All proceeds benefit the Eiteljorg Museum. The Market will be held rain or shine and the tickets are not refundable. Tickets are valid for one day only and should be picked up at the Will-Call stand (Main Gate) by presenting your e-mail receipt. No pets or coolers allowed.

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