Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • 2013 Indian Market and Festival schedule

    by Jaq Nigg, Eiteljorg festival and markets manager | Jun 17, 2013

    So Much to See and Do!

    This Saturday and Sunday (June 22 and 23), Military Park will be rocking to drums and Native American flute at the 21st annual Indian Market and Festival. It’s time to prepare.

    The sweet smell of frybread will fill the air, while artists show off their creations and kids frolic through the misting tent.


    Don’t miss a chance to browse the artist booths; make guitar pick jewelry in the family activity area; listen to the storyteller; rock out; and then get something to eat. Whew! It’s a lot, but you can do it! 

    The best way to head into the weekend is with an action plan. Here’s the entertainment schedule to get you started.

    Saturday and Sunday

    Main Stage

    10:30 a.m.       Welcome and Prayer
    11 a.m.            Fred Shaw (Shawnee), storyteller      
    Noon                Shelley Morningsong with Fabian Fontenelle
    1 p.m.              Tony Duncan and Estun-Bah
    2 p.m.              Twin Rivers
    3 p.m.              Shelley Morningsong with Fabian Fontenelle
    4 p.m.              Tony Duncan and Estun-Bah

    Cultural Presentations and Demonstrations
    All day             Delaware encampment         

    11–Noon          SD Youngwolf (Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee), sculpture demo
    12–2:30           Daniel Bigay (Cherokee), cultural items demo
    12:30–1           Fred Shaw, storytelling          
    1:30–2             Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), beadwork demo
    2:30–3             Fred Shaw, storytelling
    3–3:30             Adrian Wall and Ed Kabotie, music demo

    Advance sale tickets are available at Marsh Supermarkets, at the Eiteljorg and on the museum website. Visit the Eiteljorg website for more information.

     Festivals manager Jaq Nigg will celebrate her 12th Indian Market & Festival on a golf cart; with a walkie talkie against her ear; and eating as many Indian tacos as is humanly possible. She has to, it’s her job.

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  • Father's Day gifts from the Eiteljorg Museum Store

    by Robert Tate, Eiteljorg director of Merchandising | Jun 13, 2013

    Father’s Day is the one day set aside to remember our father, dad, papa or daddy.  With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we sometimes take dad for granted unless the chips are down.  When the chips are down, we reach out to our father. We draw from those life lessons that he taught to weather life’s storms. Fathers represent the warmth and glow of home and hearth.

    Here are a few of our favorite gifts to thank dad or to remember and celebrate our fathers:

    Father’s Eyes Wool Blanket by Pendleton

    Our Father’s Eyes blanket is a tribute to the men who watch over and guide us as we journey through this earth.  The diamonds represent the eyes of a father.  They are symbols of the clarity and wisdom with which he watches over and guides his children.  Arrowheads signify the unwavering protection a father provides for his family and the direction that he offers to his sons and daughters.

    Member Price $193.80 Retail Price $228.00

    Roll-up Blanket by Pendleton

    Pendleton Blanket

    Enjoy the outdoors rain or shine with our nylon-backed blanket. Our special roll-up design and carrying handle make it perfect for the adventure-ready dad. Stash one in the trunk for anything from impromptu roadside picnics to beach parties.  100% wool front and nylon back. 

    Member Price $100.30 Retail Price $118.00


    The Thomas Kay Collection by Pendleton

    While our pioneering ancestors depended on it for light, we enjoy it simply for its ambiance and aroma. These long and clean-burning soy and beeswax candles are made in New York. Comes in a Pendleton Wool pouch with a pocket for a match box.

    Member Price $49.30 Retail Price $58.00

     Thomas Kay Zippo Lighter

    This patented windproof lighter has been an American icon in peace and war for nearly eight decades. It is a symbol of our nation's innovation and reliability. Like the original, this 1941 Replica™ Brushed Chrome Windproof Lighter is made in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

    Member Price $40.80 Retail Price $48.00

    We hope you enjoy this Father's Day! I know I will.

    Robert Tate

    Robert Tate is director of merchandising for the Eiteljorg Museum Store. He will be spending Father's Day with his son, Benjamin, and his own father.

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  • Redefining Native Music

    by By Claire Quimby, Eiteljorg festivals and markets intern | Jun 11, 2013

    “We’re hard to describe. The music is reggae and rock; it’s got flutes; it’s got English and traditional vocals, ballads and some heavy stuff. If I had to describe us, it would be as Native music. That’s what it is.” Adrian Wall, May/June 2013 Native Peoples Magazine.

    Less than two weeks until the 21st annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival (June 22 and June 23) and excitement is growing for the  talented musicians who will rock the main stage at Military Park. While researching this year’s performers, I got caught up in the question, “What is Native music?” It’s not an easy question to answer. Today’s Native artists are not defined by any single style – their influences are as varied as the genres you might hear while scanning the radio. Multiply those possibilities by hundreds of different tribal affiliations and add to that the intricacies of each artist’s unique personal history and perspective – and you end up with an incredibly diverse range of music. If you’ve only experienced Native music at powwows, Indian Market is a fantastic place to expand your musical point of view. Each of this summer’s leading acts brings a unique blend of contemporary music artfully combined with traditional Native American influences.


    Shelley Morningsong (Northern Cheyenne/Dutch) grew up in a musical family, so it’s small surprise that by the time she hit high school she was performing in a country-rock band and sneaking into clubs to listen to rock ‘n’ roll and blues. Morningsong lists Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash and Old Blues legend Buddy Guy as some of her most important musical influences, but her music is also inspired by her Native roots as well as her personal experiences. Her 2006 debut album Out of the Ashes pays tribute to the Zuni creation story, while also referencing her own life story as a survivor of domestic violence. Ashes and Morningsong’s second album Full Circle feature her soulful lyrics augmented by electric guitar, bass, drums and synthesizer arranged by Grammy Award winning producer Larry Mitchell. Morningsong’s husband Fabian Fontenelle adds traditional percussion, sings in his native Zuni language, and dances for live performances. Morningsong’s most recent album Heart Songs of the Native American Flute was just released this spring and highlights her love for the instrument.

    Catch Morningsong, rocking the Eiteljorg stage with a full band, both days of Indian Market. Performances are at noon and 3pm.  


    Twin Rivers is named for the convergence of musicians and old friends Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo/Ojibwe) and Ed Kabotie (Hopi/Santa Clara Pueblo). Wall and Kabotie’s musical collaborations began as middle school metalheads at Santa Fe Indian School. The years took them separate ways, but eight years ago the rivers of their lives flowed back together and the music was soon to follow. The duo’s first independent album, Springs of Guisewa, draws inspiration from traditional Native songs. Kabotie writes their songs in the three languages he speaks: English, Hopi and Tewa. Exploring Native identity is a crucial part of their music. Their sound is also part rock, part reggae, and part jazz – you can hear the familiar reggae offbeat blended with Native flute in their title track, Springs at Kesewa. The way Twin Rivers intertwine these diverse musical influences reflect their philosophy “that we are all distinct, but connected as if we are one. “ Twin Rivers will be joined by Kabotie’s son Rylan at Indian Market this year, as the three continue their work to redefine the Native experience through music.

    Catch Twin Rivers both days of Indian Market. Performances are at 2pm.


    Claire Quimby
    Eiteljorg festivals and markets intern

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  • Eiteljorg employee makes a difference just by playing the banjo

    by Jordan Stout, Eiteljorg visitor experience assistant | Jun 10, 2013

    This banjo - usually housed in a storage drawer - helped a 9-year-old boy with disabilities celebrate one of his best birthdays ever.

    A little boy came to the Eiteljorg Saturday afternoon. Turned out I knew his favorite songs on the banjo, "Baby Beluga" and "Old Dan Tucker." When I played for him he danced until he burst into tears from laughter. Then when I asked him if he wanted to play he didn't take the pause needed to say yes before picking it up and starting to figure out how. At this latest - his mother froze, looking shocked. I hadn't noticed until then that the boy had limited use of his arms and wrists. His mother never imagined he could do something like play an instrument, but there he was playing away and laughing. So I quickly ran to grab others and an hour later I still couldn't have pried my ukulele away from him if I dared.

    Turned out, Saturday was his birthday. He had just turned nine. He said it was one of his best. He was unhappy to leave the museum but his mother said he and their family had a wonderful experience.

    Happy birthday little dude! Come back to the museum anytime and we'll jam to any song you want.
    The Eiteljorg later received a wonderful email from the boy's mother - grateful about her son's experience and his time with Jordan:

    "...Our family met one of your employees named Jordan Stout. Mr Stout not only wowed us with his musical talents on the banjo and uke but he was patient, informative and kind with my kids, one of which has a disability called Williams Syndrome. My husband and I both agree, meeting Mr Stout and being entertained and educated by him, was definitely the highlight for our family's trip to your museum..."

    Jordan Stout (pictured above) is a visitor experience assistant at the Eiteljorg. He has a deep love for playing music, especially ukulele and banjo. He enjoys the opportunity to play whenever possible for families who visit the Museum's RB Annis Experience located on the Canal level.

    Each Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., children and adults can take free guitar lessons at the Eiteljorg. If you don't own an instrument, no problem. We have 19 guitars and ukekeles from which to choose in our Guitars! corral. And don't forget to check out Guitars! Roundups to Rockers, where more than 100 instruments are on exhibit, including this 2013 Cutaway Tenor Ukulele (loan courtesy of Mya-Moe Ukeleles).


  • The mating advantage of male musicians - Why all guys should play guitar

    by Zach Brown, Eiteljorg marketing/PR intern | Jun 05, 2013

    As a 20-something single guy, I’ve heard the old adage of “chicks dig a man who can sing” plenty of times. But does playing an instrument or musical ability really make a man more attractive to an interested woman? According to a study in France, it actually does, and later on I’ll tell you where to get free guitar lessons and be on your way to winning that lucky lady’s heart.

    In this particular experiment, a 20-year-old man was instructed to approach 300 women on the shopping streets of a medium-sized French city (population roughly 70,000) and ask for their phone number. The man was carrying a guitar case, a sports bag or nothing at all. The study showed that 31 percent of women gave the man their phone number when he was carrying the guitar case, while only 9 percent gave their number when he held the sports bag. When the man was empty-handed, 14 percent complied with his request.

    The conductors of this research hypothesized that the guitar case condition would yield a more favorable response from the women whom the man approached. Their hypothesis was not only supported by the results, but by me as well.

    There are plenty of ways that guys use to capture the heart and attention of lady, whether he’s good with music, sports, animals or kids (kudos to the guy who brought his son on the season premiere of ABC’s The Bachelorette). However, musical ability is special because it exudes a unique combination of confidence, compassion and intellect. In addition, the musician or “rock star” image is appealing because some woman my associate it with wealth and status (

    I know what you might be thinking now: “What about sports guys? They get wealth and status, too!” Indeed they do, but the ability to play guitar lasts longer than the ability to throw a football or dunk a basketball. Athletes may also have the task of dispelling the wildly inaccurate “dumb jock” stereotype, a generalization to which I refuse to subscribe.

    The bottom line is that a music guy may be more likely to make a deep, emotional connection than someone who can’t play a note to save his life (i.e. - Me). According to Tom Jacobs of Pacific Standard, ladies see a musician as someone who is potentially willing to practice and work at something. To me, this could mean willingness to put in the effort for a relationship.
    So gentlemen, if you have musical ability, use it. You can thank me later. And to those of you who don’t, never fret (10 Cool Points if you got the guitar pun), there’s still time to learn! You can get guitar lessons from 12-2 p.m., every Saturday during the run of Guitars! Roundups to Rockers, at the Eiteljorg by Benito DiBartoli (pictured here) of the band Black Voodoo. He's an expert player who works with anyone interested in learning. Lessons are free with the price of admission. And the Museum has plenty of extra guitars if you don't have your own! Don’t forget to check out our Guitars: Roundups to Rockers exhibit as well.

    Zach Brown is an Eiteljorg marketing/PR intern and a senior at Ball State University. He is single.

    "Men's Music Ability and Attractiveness to Women in a Real-life Courtship
    Context." Psychology of Music (2013): 1-5. 1 May 2013. 28 May 2013

    Jacobs, Tom. "The Mating Advantage of Male Musicians." Pacific Standard., 6 May 2013. 28 May 2013.

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