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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!



    ABOUT INDIAN MARKET & FESTIVAL
    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 Throwback Thursday | THE GREETING Installation in 1989

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Feb 12, 2014

    In June 1989, George Carlson's two-ton bronze sculpture, The Greeting, was lowered into place at the museum's main entrance. There are over 90 examples of the artist's work in the museum's collection. Carlson, was one of Harrison Eiteljorg's favorite artists.
     
    George Carlson, The Greeting, 1989, cast bronze

    George Carlson, American, born 1940
    The Greeting, 1989
    cast bronze, edition 1/3

    About the artist
    Renowned artist George Carlson was born in Illinois in 1940 and studied art in Chicago. He is an Academician of the National Academy of Design and a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society. The subject of this work is a Blackfoot man welcoming visitors; he holds an eagle wing fan up in a gesture of friendship. The work is an allegorical expression of welcoming friendship. Carlson has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and publications, is represented in many public and private collections, and has received many awards at major shows across the country.
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  • Cleaning our beloved bronzes

    by Amy McKune, Director of museum collections, Video produced by Hyacinth Rucker, Eiteljorg new media and web coordinator | Oct 17, 2013

     
    To keep our outdoor bronzes looking good and to preserve them for future generations, we have to go through a cleaning and re-waxing process each year (especially for our two fountains).  


    This preservation process removes calcified scale buildup left behind from water and provides a wax coating to help preserve the patina on the bronze. Normally, this work is undertaken by object conservators.  But since the Eiteljorg does not have a conservation department, we usually hire some outside assistance.


    This year, we hired Richard McCoy and Associates to help on the project.  Richard has over ten years experience working as an objects conservator at major museums.  Earlier this year, he formed his owned business that is based in Indianapolis.  He often works with Brose Partington, a very talented kinetic artist and accomplished mount maker, to work with him on a variety of projects.  












    To build the crew needed to do this work, we arranged a six-week conservation internship for recent Purdue University graduate, Lindsey Zachman and invited IUPUI Museum Studies graduate students Claire Quimby, Rebekah Ryan and Lauren Baker, all currently interning in the Eiteljorg's collections department, to participate.  Registrar Christa Barleben and I rounded out the crew which managed in three days to clean and re-wax both the deer fountain by artist Kenneth Bunn and Southwest Summer Showers by artist Doug Hyde (Nez Perce, Assiniboine and Chippewa).

    Thanks to our crew:
    Richard McCoy, objects conservator
    Brose Partington, conservation technician
    Christa , Barleben, registrar
    Lindsey Zachman, conservation intern
    Rebekah Ryan, collections intern
    Claire Quimby, collections Clowes Fellow
    Lauren Baker, collections intern

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  • Recapping the 2013 Eiteljorg Indian Market & Festival

    by By Jaq Nigg, festivals and markets manager | Jun 28, 2013

    Every June, the Eiteljorg brings gifted Native American artists and performers together with visitors for a celebration of Native American cultures. It’s a culmination of yearlong efforts as well as a “family reunion” for artists, museum staff and visitors. There’s always so much to see and do. Here are a few of the things I saw and did.

    Indian Market and Festival weekend started early Friday morning with artists arriving for judging and setting up in Military Park.




    Friday evening’s Preview Party is the official kick off of the weekend. Many of the artists were there and it was a wonderful and relaxed opportunity to spend time with them before the business of the weekend took over. The Best of Show Exhibit gave a chance to see all the prize winning artwork in one place, including Best of Show, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award and the Helen Cox Kersting Award. Complete list of prize winners.
     

    Beadwork portrait, Gentleman Jim by Summer Peters (Saginaw Ojibwe Tribe of Michigan) won Best of Show. It was Summer’s first time at the Eiteljorg Indian Market!



    Potters, Pahponee (Kickapoo/Potawatomi) and Dominique Toya (Jemez Pueblo), admire the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award winner, Love Gun, by Susan Folwell (Santa Clara Pueblo)

    Early Saturday morning, collectors and visitors lined up along the lovely canal path and West Street. Artists hurried to get to their booths and the sun warmed the day – but not too warm! A pleasant breeze and the shade trees kept things comfortable. As artists opened their booths and greeted each other, museum staff whizzed around on golf carts doing final tasks. Volunteers provided coffee, fruit, bagels and ice to the artists. The performers finished their sound checks. The food vendors started cooking and the media came for interviews. We were ready to open!

     


    Main admissions at 10am.


    I talked on camera to WTHR (NBC-Indianapolis) before Shelley Morningsong played her flute.

    The first stop for many visitors was the artist tents. Some artists sell out so it’s important to visit favorites early. Other popular destinations included the Dogbane Family Activity Area where kids of all ages created their own artwork to take home; the Delaware encampment and, of course, the performance tent.


    Rumors spread that artists seemed to be selling well: potter Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) only had two small pots left by Noon; Peter Boome (Upper Skagit) sold a bentwood box; sculptor Mark Fischer (Oneida) barely had anything left by the end of the weekend; jewelers Sharon and Richard Abeyta’s (Santo Domingo Pueblo) tables were always crowded; jeweler Jolene Bird (Santo Domingo Pueblo) charmed the Eiteljorg store folks with her sleek and funky inlay jewelry.

    Shoppers crowd the artist tents.

    Visitors discovered delicate jewelry, colorful kachina carvings, musical instruments, large sculptures and more. The food vendors kept busy throughout the day, selling Indian tacos, papusas, ice cream and, our favorites to cool down in the afternoon, lavender lemonade and Melmosas.


    The weekend was picture perfect – until about 3:30 pm on Sunday when ominous clouds in the West threatened and we made the tough decision to close the market early for the safety of visitors, artists, volunteers and staff.

    As artists packed up their artwork, they hugged lingering visitors goodbye; wishing them a great year until they return next June to see them again.

     If you missed this year’s Indian Market and Festival, make sure to mark your calendar for next year’s festival: June 21-22, 2014.

    Please share your own stories about the 2013 Indian Market and Festival. And, if you haven’t had a chance to fill out our visitor survey, please do.

     
    Festivals and markets manager, Jaq Nigg wants to say a big THANK YOU to all of the artists who come from so far and who are so wonderful; to all of the volunteers who work so hard and keep smiling; to all of our vendors who are the best at what they do and have my back when I forget something; and to the rest of the Eiteljorg staff who make being the Indian Market grand poobah the best job in the entire museum. A special tip of the cap to Erinn Wold and Lisa Watt who are crazy good at being my team.


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  • Insider tips for Indian Market and Festival

    by Claire Quimby, Eiteljorg festivals and markets intern | Jun 18, 2013

    It’s the final countdown to Indian Market and Festival on Saturday and Sunday June 22 and 23, and the tempo around the Eiteljorg festivals department is rapidly gaining speed. Surrounded by all the behind-the-scenes preparations, I suppose I ought to feel like an expert, but I’ve never actually been to Indian Market. I know I’m not the only one, so I’ve gathered together some insider tips from our veteran market-goers to share.
    Indiana market welcome packets
    1. Consider attending the Friday Night
    Preview Party.

    The Best of Show exhibit alone is worth the ticket price. This is the only opportunity to see all of the prize winning art on display. The food by Kahn’s Catering is fantastic and it’s fun to visit with the artists and their families before the weekend hubbub starts. Like, really fun. They’re cool and funny and a little punchy from traveling. You’ll also be granted VIP early bird shopping on Saturday morning, which is no small thing when you’re racing to get to your favorite artist’s booth before someone else snatches up all the best pieces. (2012 preview party pictures below)
     

     

    Indian Market preview party

    2. Use the event program to plan your day.

     You don’t have to miss a performance or get lost on your way to buy food tickets if you use the schedule and map in this handy guide. There are also in-depth profiles of several of the top artists as well as our performers. And lots of pretty pictures.
     
    indian market 2013 cover

    3. Come early to stake out seats in the entertainment tent.

    Things get going first thing with Brian Buchannan, Chief of the Miami Indians of Indiana offering an official welcome and prayer to the artists and visitors. Then it’s nonstop storytelling, music and dance until the gates close. Checkout the jam-packed schedule here.  

    4. Did someone mention food?

     Everyone says Indian tacos are a must for lunch. Check. But I need to plan out what to eat the second day of market or, realistically, as a mid-afternoon snack on the first day. I was told to look no further than the Mexican food vendor whose tamales, quesadillas and pupusas are beyond excellent. Apparently, the kettle corn is awesome too. And I’m sure I won’t be able to deny the lure of Baskin Robbins ice cream on an Indiana day in June. From all reports, you can’t go wrong with any of the food. And, if you’re looking for a shady retreat in between activities, the historic shelterhouse on the east side of the park is a great place to hang out with a cold drink – especially a frozen café melmoso from Hubbard and Cravens.

     

    5. Take time to chat with the artists

    Indian Market isn’t just a place to buy art – it’s an opportunity to engage with people with different cultural backgrounds and interesting knowledge to share. Even if you’re not planning to shop, the artists are really neat people and are excited to talk with you about what they do.
     

    6. The Dogbane Family Activity Area isn’t just for kids

    The Eiteljorg’s crack team in the education and public programs departments has come up with fun museum-based art activities for all ages to make and take home. You can color guitar fans and make guitar pick pendants, create ledger art and create sgraffito “scratch art.”

     
     

    7. The Eiteljorg Museum

    Not only does the Eiteljorg building offer the comfort of air conditioning and flushing toilets, there’s a lot to do and see inside the museum – and it’s free with admission to Indian Market. Check out the Guitars! exhibit; visit our western galleries, the contemporary art galleries and the Native American galleries; climb aboard a real stagecoach; get something to eat in the café; get your official Indian Market and Festival t-shirt in the store.

     8. Finally: buy your tickets in advance!

    Okay, this is my own tip, and I’ve already revealed my newbie status, but even an amateur knows that you shouldn’t pay more than you have to. You’ll pay $2 less per ticket than if you buy them at the gate. That’s $2 more for artwork and food. You can get them online here or at Marsh stores. 
     

    Claire Quimby
    Eiteljorg festivals and markets intern

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