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Grammy-Award-Winning Singer Joanne Shenandoah headlines Indian Market & Festival June 21 and 22

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For Immediate Release                               For More Information:
                                                                     DeShong Perry-Smitherman
                                                                     Public Relations Manager
                                                                     (317) 275-1352


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Grammy-Award-Winning Singer Joanne Shenandoah headlines Indian Market & Festival June 21 and 22
Largest  Native American art show in the Midwest celebrates 22 years
with heart, soul and a new app for tech-minded culture vultures!


INDIANAPOLIS -- As the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art celebrates the quarter-century mark, there is one signature museum event that boasts nearly the same longevity. Now, in its 22nd year, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival is one of the largest in the Midwest.  And, this year’s market, which runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., June 21 and 22, in Military Park, will be bigger than ever. It promises to feed visitors’ hearts and souls with sought-after art, stirring cultural activities and the sweet, beautiful voice of Grammy-winning songstress, Joanne Shenandoah (Iroquois).

Feeding the heart and soul
Shenandoah, who will perform both days of the market, will be among 130 artists and performers from more than 60 tribes. These sculptors, painters, potters, weavers, jewelry artists, storytellers, singers and dancers bring their awe-inspiring work to Indianapolis from across the country. Each year they show, share and sell the fruits of their life’s work in White River State Park to some 7,000 guests. Besides Shenandoah, this year’s performers/presenters include:

  • Native drum group SouthEastern WaterSpider
  • Storytellers Douglas George Kanentiio and Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe)
  • Bead work artist – and 2013 Eiteljorg Best of Show winner – Summer Peters (Onieda)
  • Alter-Native rock group Scatter Their Own (Oglala Lakota)
  • World champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan (Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan) with Estun-Bah. Duncan will teach Hoop Dancing 101. (Photo attached. Courtesy: Tony Duncan)

“Part of what makes our Indian Market unique are the entertainment, family activities and cultural presentations,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “From a storyteller who’ll use drums to share captivating stories to Tony Duncan’s hoop dancing lessons for kids, there’s something here for everyone!”

New App
In a move to make the Indian Market experience more interactive for tech-savvy guests, museum staff worked with a local company to develop the market’s first-ever smartphone app! The free app, produced by Piggyback, allows visitors to have all things Indian Market at their fingertips, including schedules for entertainment and cultural demonstrations, a festival map, prize winner information, videos and images of performers, artists and artwork. Visitors who show their app will receive $2 off admissions.

Other highlights from this year’s market will include exhibit inspired art projects to make and take home and Native foods like fry bread, Indian tacos, buffalo burgers and lavender lemonade. Also new this year, some of Indy’s most popular food trucks, including Scratch Truck, Der Preztel Wagon, Mrs. G’s Taste of Home, and more, will be available for market guests.

Time, tickets, parking and a chance to shop early at the Preview Party

- Indian Market and Festival will be held from 10a.m. to 5p.m., in White River State Park’s Military Park, just north of the museum in downtown Indianapolis. 

- Discounted advanced tickets for the event are on sale beginning June 1 at the Eiteljorg Museum and Marsh Supermarkets or by calling 1-800-622-2024. Advance sale tickets are $10. Tickets during the market are $12 at the gate. Kids 17 and under are FREE. Admission to the Eiteljorg is included.

- White River State Park underground garage next to the Eiteljorg Museum and IUPUI parking lots across from Military Park provides the most convenient and inexpensive parking for this event. Shuttles from the museum are available. Parking in the White River State Park garage will not be validated Indian Market weekend.

 - The Indian Market and Festival Preview Party will take place in Military Park, Friday evening, June 20. This event provides an opportunity to meet the artists in an intimate social environment. The event includes shopping, food and a silent auction of works by market artists. All guests to the Preview Party get a weekend VIP pass for Indian Market. Tickets are $100 for non-members and $90 for members. Call (317) 275-1333 to make reservations.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Indian Market and Festival performers prior to the event, please contact DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager at (317) 275-1352, or Check for the action-packed schedule.

About the Eiteljorg
Celebrating 25 years in 2014, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding 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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