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Eiteljorg Museum awards more than $26,000 to Native American artists at the 2012 Indian Market and Festival

by User Not Found | Jun 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band) took top prize for her piece The Next Generation II at the 20th annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival where more than 100 awards were given to Native American artists.

Nationally-known judges Tony Abeyta (Navajo/Anglo), Anita Fields (Osage Nation), Marita Hinds (Tesuque Pueblo/ Tewa), Bryn Potter and Christy Vezolles (Shawnee) awarded more than $26,000 within ten divisions, including and the prestigious Best of Show. Other major awards include The Helen Cox 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 , which is acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

            Best of Show

                        Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band), The Next Generation II

             Helen Cox Kersting Award

Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo), Corn Maiden #8                   

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Awards

Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), Fertility Blessing

 Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Sioux), The Shawl

The following artists are the 2012 Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival division winners:

Painting, drawings, photography and prints

                        Nashon Russell (San Carlos Apache), Power from Sun


      Kathleen Wall (Jemez), Gifts from her Grandmother


      Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Sioux), A Lakota Man


      Alfred Joe (Navajo (Diné)), 14K Fluted, Textured Necklace


      Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), A Full Summer


      Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band), The Next Generation II

 Weavings and Textiles

 Faye Lone (Tonawanda Seneca), Great Feather Dance

 Cultural Items

 Antonio Grant (Eastern Band Cherokee), One of the Highest Honors


      Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), Lone Dog Wintercount 1850-1877


Angie and Nate Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Mosaic Hair Ornament with Turquoise Hair Pin 

The Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival is one of the largest juried sale and shows of Native American art in the Midwest and 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. Work 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.


 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

1 Comment

  1. 1 Shirley fitzpatrick 28 Aug
     I bought the Jason Garcia corn maiden #8 in Santa  Fe recently.  When it was shipped, they enclosed two ribbons which  I hadn't known about. I looked up the Kersting award, but there was also a 
    blue ribbon First Place.  In what category was that given, since I see that the pottery award was given to Jody Naranjo????  
       I have two other Jason Garcia pieces.  I always get the ones that juxtapose traditional and contemporary.
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