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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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  • Adding Flavor to our Festival | What to Eat at next weekend's Indian Market

    by Kat Chappell, Eiteljorg festivals and markets intern | Jun 12, 2014

    As the 22nd annual Indian Market and Festival approaches, everyone here at the Eiteljorg is excited—not only about the artists and the entertainment, but also about the food!

    This year, in addition to the wonderful Indian tacos and Buffalo Burgers from Old West Foods, Baskin Robbins ice creams, kettle corn, and Hubbard and Cravens coffee drinks, we’ve invited some of Indy’s most-loved food trucks to flavor our festival. We want to welcome Scratch Truck, Johnson’s BBQ Shack, Der Pretzel Wagen, and Scout’s Treat Truck! Additionally, we’ve done away with the food tickets; you pay, you eat. No more fiddling!

    Scratch BurgerScratch Truck offers up gourmet burgers and fries that some customers have called “life changing.” Try their Scratch Burger, complete with bacon marmalade, or refresh yourself with a cool Blueberry Thyme Lemonade—a fantastic summer treat.

    Using shagbark hickory and apple wood purchased from Apple Works in Trafalgar, Indiana, Johnson’s BBQ Shack puts nearly a decade and a half of experience into their smoked meat sandwiches. They offer simple but delicious meals—their Pulled Pork is especially famous—coupled with three types of homemade sauces ranging from mild to hot hot hot!

    Want whimsy with your food? Der Pretzel Wagen is right up your alley! Who wouldn’t Der Pretzelwant to try their Ham Solo or Chuebakka? Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, there’s something for everyone on a pretzel bun, from black bean burgers to pastrami. Quench your thirst with Goose Island Root Beer in a glass bottle, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a Bavarian style rolled cinnamon sugar pretzel.

    Speaking of sweet teeth, Scout’s Treat Truck is serving up all kinds of delights. If you want something cool and a little tart, check out their lovely Lemon Shakeup. If you want to go all in and pamper yourself, their Mr. Donut Cupcake is receiving rave reviews. Finally, if you want a little salt with your sweet, try a sea salt brownie—the best of both worlds.

    There will be something for everyone at the Indian Market and Festival—we can’t wait to see you there!

    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.
    - Kat Chappell, Eiteljorg festivals and markets intern

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  • Eiteljorg Fellow Wendy Red Star's Exhibit Opens Friday, June 6 at iMOCA

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Jun 05, 2014

    Yakima Nation Youth Activities, Wendy Red Star, Archival Inkjet Print, 2014

    The Eiteljorg Museum has the privilege of partnering with Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) to present the art of Wendy Red Star (Crow) in the exhibit Circling The Camp: Wendy Red Star. Red Star is a 2009 Eiteljorg Fellow and prolific artist. Thank you to Shauta Marsh, director, iMOCA for sharing her thoughts about contemporary art and Red Star's work in this interview with Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Curator Jennifer Complo McNutt. 

    More on Wendy Red Star from iMOCA's newsletter:
    Over the course of her practice, Wendy Red Star has worked within and between the mediums of photography, sculpture, installation, performance and design. Featured in Huffington Post and other publications, the 2009 Eiteljorg Fellow will open her solo exhibition with iMOCA June 6, from 6-11 p.m.  The exhibit will run through July 19th with the hours of Thursday- Saturday, 12 am-7 p.m.  

    Artist talk between Red Star and Eiteljorg Museum's Curator of Contemporary Art, Jennifer McNutt, is June 7 at 1 p.m.

    Red Star's work layers influences drawn from her tribal background (Crow), daily surroundings, collected ephemera and conjured histories that are both real and imagined. Through her photographs and sculpture new universes are built, simultaneously urban-rural and high-low with their own language of symbols created from such seemingly disparate sites as rez cars, powwow culture, indigenous commoditization, and Red Star's personal collection of memories growing up as a half-breed on the Crow Indian reservation.

    Wendy Red Star is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. Red Star received her B.F.A. from Montana State University-Bozeman and her M.F.A from UCLA in 2006. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her exhibitions include shows at the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Hallie Ford Museum, The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship 2009, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Laura Bartlett Gallery London, The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Missoula Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, National Museum of the American Indian-New York, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Bockley Gallery.

    Circling The Camp: Wendy Red Star
    The Murphy Art Center, Fountain Square
    1043 Virginia Ave, Suite 5, Indianapolis 46203
    Thursday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
    iMOCA is closed holidays and between exhibitions.
    Admission and parking are FREE.
    For more information please call 317.63i.MOCA



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  • Grammy Award-Winning Singer Joanne Shenandoah headlines Indian Market & Festival June 21, 22

    by User Not Found | May 27, 2014

    As the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art celebrates the quarter-century mark, there is one signature museum event that boasts nearly the same longevity. Now, in its 22nd year, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival is one of the largest in the Midwest.  And, this year’s market, which runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., June 21 and 22, in Military Park, will be bigger than ever. It promises to feed visitors’ hearts and souls with sought-after art, stirring cultural activities and the sweet, beautiful voice of Grammy-winning songstress, Joanne Shenandoah (Iroquois).
    Feeding the heart and soul
    Shenandoah (pictured left), who will perform both days of the market, will be among 130 artists and performers from more than 60 tribes. These sculptors, painters, potters, weavers, jewelry artists, storytellers, singers and dancers bring their awe-inspiring work to Indianapolis from across the country. Each year they show, share and sell the fruits of their life’s work in White River State Park to some 7,000 guests. Besides Shenandoah, this year’s performers/presenters include:

     -       Native drum group SouthEastern WaterSpider
    -       Storytellers Douglas George Kanentiio and Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe)
    -       Bead work artist – and 2013 Eiteljorg Best of Show winner – Summer Peters (Onieda)
    -       Alter-Native rock group Scatter Their Own (Oglala Lakota) (pictured)
    -       World champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan (Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan) with Estun-Bah.

      “Part of what makes our Indian Market unique are the entertainment, family activities and cultural presentations,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “From a storyteller who’ll use drums to share captivating stories to Tony Duncan’s hoop dancing lessons for kids, there’s something here for everyone!”

    New App
    In a move to make the Indian Market experience more interactive for tech-savvy guests, museum staff worked with a local company to develop the market’s first-ever smartphone app! The free app, produced by Piggyback, allows visitors to have all things Indian Market at their fingertips, including schedules for entertainment and cultural demonstrations, a festival map, prize winner information, videos and images of performers, artists and artwork. Visitors who show their app will receive $2 off admissions.

    Other highlights from this year’s market will include exhibit inspired art projects to make and take home and Native foods like fry bread, Indian tacos, buffalo burgers and lavender lemonade. Also new this year, some of Indy’s most popular food trucks, including Scratch Truck, Der Preztel Wagon, Mrs. G’s Taste of Home, and more, will be available for market guests.
    Indian Market art buyers

     Time, tickets, parking and a chance to shop early at the Preview Party

    - Indian Market and Festival will be held from 10a.m. to 5p.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 beginning June 1 at the Eiteljorg Museum 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 from the museum are available. Parking in the White River State Park garage will not be validated Indian Market weekend.

     - The Indian Market and Festival Preview Party will take place in Military Park, Friday evening, June 20. This event provides an opportunity to meet the artists in an intimate social environment. The event includes shopping, food and a silent auction of works by market artists. All guests to the Preview Party get a weekend VIP pass for Indian Market. Tickets are $100 for non-members and $90 for members. Call (317) 275-1333 to make reservations.

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  • Special Visitors | the Art of Victor Higgins

    by James Nottage, Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer | May 20, 2014

    Victor Higgins family    
    Jack and Virginia Higgins visiting the Victor Higgins exhibit at the museum.  Jack is holding a childhood painting done by his uncle at the family farm near Shelbyville.
    A leading American artist and key member of the Taos Society of Artists, W. Victor Higgins (1884-1949) was a favorite for our founder, Harrison Eiteljorg. As a result, the museum’s collection of the artist’s work is strong, including oils from much of his long career. His depictions of the Southwestern landscape, Taos Pueblo, and of Native people are highly appreciated by scholars and general visitors. Eiteljorg even collected brushes, palettes, and other furnishings from Higgins’ studio. Part of the appeal for him was that Victor Higgins was born and raised in Shelbyville, Indiana.

    A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of greeting Higgins’ nephew Jack Higgins, his wife Virginia, and their friends Debbie and Rick Williams. Debbie and Rick have lovingly restored the Higgins farmstead, furnished it with antiques, and brought a painting to show us of young chicks at the farm, created when Victor Higgins was a child. Jack remembers his uncle and the automobile he used while painting in the field in New Mexico.

    We had a delightful visit. Over the years, descendants of many artists have visited the museum, including members of the families of E. I. Couse, Bert Phillips, and others. It reminds us that we are not that far removed from the lives of artists who only seem to be of long-ago. And, of course, their work still lives at the Eiteljorg Museum.

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