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Eiteljorg Museum celebrates 20th anniversary of Indian Market and Festival

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Eiteljorg Museum celebrates 20th anniversary of Indian Market and Festival Market boasts art from nearly 160 Native artists, dancers, food, more. Headlining this year's event is Brulé, one of the most popular Native American bands in the country.
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Eiteljorg Museum celebrates 20th anniversary of Indian Market and Festival
Market boasts art from nearly 160 Native artists, dancers, food, more

(INDIANAPOLIS)—Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will present the 20th anniversary of its annual celebration of Native American cultures—Indian Market and Festival. More than 160 Native artists will travel from across the country to sell their work at one of the largest Indian markets in the Midwest. In addition to art, the event, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Military Park, just north of the museum in downtown Indianapolis, features Native American food, hands-on family activities and traditional and contemporary Native American performers.

“Twenty years is an amazing feat for any festival,” says John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “We are honored and excited the community has embraced Indian Market and Festival as one of the must-see summer events and continues to support it year after year. Additionally, the market has gained national acclaim, consistently recognized as one of the top three Indian markets in the country.”

Highlights for the 20th anniversary celebration include:

  • Brulé creates a unique blend of contemporary Native American sounds and rhythms in unforgettable, beautiful live performances. They are one of the top-selling and most awarded Native American bands, with more than 1 million albums sold worldwide.
  • Git-Hoan (The People of the Salmon) is a Tsimshian dance group from Metlakatla, Alaska, led by David A. Boxley. Their performances are an incredible blend of artistic innovation and cultural expression.
  • Woodland Wams will build a Shawnee encampment representing a living history of the French and Indian Period.
  • Actor Michael Horse (Pascua Yaqui/Zuni Mescalero Apache), from the movies “Twin Peaks” and “Passenger 57,” will serve as emcee.
  • David R. Boxley (Tsimshian) is an artist, performer and storyteller from the Northwest Coast who will perform songs and tell stories . 
Discounted advanced tickets for the event, which attracts about 8,000 people each year, are on sale beginning June 1 at the Eiteljorg Museum or by calling 1-800-622-2024. Advance sale tickets are $8. Tickets during the market are $10 at the gate. Kids 17 and under are free.

The Indian Market and Festival Preview Party will take place Friday evening, June 25. This event provides an opportunity to meet the artists in an intimate social environment. The event includes an exhibition of the award-winning work from the market and a silent auction of works by market artists. All guests to the Preview Party get an early-bird pass to be among the first shoppers on Saturday morning. Tickets are $100 and $90 for members. Call (317) 275-1333 to make reservations.

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The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. Through its Project New Moon campaign, the museum is attracting new audiences with dynamic new interpretations of its mission. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit
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