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Contemporary Art Exhibit, A Tribe Called Red and Jingle Rails make it a November to Remember

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For more information:
DeShong Perry-Smitherman
Public Relations Manager
(317) 275-1352

Contemporary Art Exhibit, A Tribe Called Red and Jingle Rails
make it a November to Remember
November calendar listing for the Eiteljorg Museum

Red: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship 2013
Nov. 8 – Feb. 2
Experience work from five of modern art’s most intriguing voices through the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship exhibition, featuring Julie Buffalohead (Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma); Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut); Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree/Blackfoot); Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee); and invited artist, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (Coast Salish). This exhibit is presented by Lilly Endowment.

To commemorate the opening of RED, the museum will honor the five Native Fellowship winners with an intimate gathering that celebrates their artistic accomplishments. Then guests will celebrate the opening by partying all night to the sounds of A Tribe Called Red and DJ Kyle Long of the Cultural Cannibals. Additional entertainment will be provided by comedy improv group, the 1491s, Big Car, Know No Stranger and more!

Fellowship Opening Weekend schedule
NOV. 8
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Price: $40 – includes Saturday’s activities
Contemporary Arts Party
7:30 p.m.–12 a.m.
Price: $15 (door), $10 (advance) – includes Saturday’s activities
For more information or to purchase tickets to the opening celebration, visit

Opening Day of RED: Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship
Gallery tour with Fellows
NOV. 9
10 a.m. - Noon
Be among the first to experience RED by touring the gallery with all five Fellows.

Also Saturday
NOV. 9
1p.m. - 3p.m.
The 1491s
Watch a presentation by comedic cultural critics, the 1491s. Saturday's event is in collaboration with the 2013 Spirit & Place Festival. This festival reaches 20,000 people each year through dozens of “never before seen” programs that promote growth of the human spirit.

About A Tribe Called Red
A Tribe Called Red is a Canadian-based electronic music group. They blend instrumental hip hop, reggae Moombahton, and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming. Three DJs, Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau, Dan "DJ Shub" General and Bear Witness, make up the group. ATCR describes its music as "powwow-step," a style of contemporary powwow music for urban First Nations in the dance club scene.

About the 1491s (from
The 1491s is a sketch comedy group, based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting for the royalties. They were at Custer’s Last Stand. They mooned Chris Columbus when he landed. They invented bubble gum.

Artists-in-Residence: Lorenzo and Mary Tafoya (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
NOV. 9, 16 & 23
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.                                   
Husband and wife artists, Lorenzo and Mary Tafoya, combine their artistic talents to create unique, traditional and contemporary jewelry. Lorenzo’s parents versed him in silversmithing, lapidary work, and jewelry design, while Mary’s background is in handmade turquoise and shell heishe work. Meet the artists and learn about their art and culture, while watching jewelry-making demonstrations.
Inlay Jewelry Workshop
NOV. 16
10 a.m. - Noon.
Artists-in-Residence Lorenzo and Mary Tafoya (Santo Domingo Pueblo) will guide students through the steps they use to create inlay jewelry.  Once students have completed their pieces, Mary will grind, sand, polish and finish each piece at her studio in New Mexico. Finished jewelry will then be returned to workshop participants.  Fee: $55 Eiteljorg members; $65 general public. Space is extremely limited. Register by Nov. 2 by calling 317.636.9378.

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure presented by Indiana Railroad
NOV. 23 – JAN. 19
*New this year: The historic Hurst Bean Company building and an Aspen, Colorado, Ski Resort
Bring the family and enjoy a locomotive wonderland with a network of trestles, bridges, tunnels and chugging trains. Travel west and witness detailed replicas of national treasures while making unforgettable holiday memories.

Thanksgiving weekend
Friday and Saturday
NOV. 29 and NOV. 30
Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at the Eiteljorg. Meet Native beadwork artist Katrina Mitten (Miami) and learn about her art and culture. Watch artist demonstrations, listen as Teresa Webb (Potawatomi) tells stories, create art and see the museum’s annual holiday display, Jingle Rails. Visit for a detailed schedule of the weekend’s activities.

Contemporary Art Unveiled
NOV. 23 and NOV. 30
1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Join contemporary art curators as they unveil the mysteries of the contemporary art collection.

Storytelling Saturdays throughout the month
Stories of the West
1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m.
Hear the amazing true stories of two prominent African Americans in the West, Stagecoach Mary Fields and mountain man, Jim Beckwourth, as told by actress and storyteller, Joanna Winston.

1p.m. – 3p.m.
Meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.

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. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. 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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