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2016 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival “comes home”

by Hyacinth Rucker | Aug 25, 2016

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2016 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival “comes home”
Popular summer celebration of Native cultures, featuring more than 130 Native artists, performers and culture-bearers returns to museum grounds

(Indianapolis)  April 4, 2016 – The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (500 West Washington St., Indianapolis) will host its annual Indian Market and Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26. The celebration, featuring Native American artists, performers and culture-bearers, will take place on museum grounds for the first time in more than a decade, providing an anticipated 6,000 attendees with an even richer, cultural experience.

In addition to a building and gardens bursting with Native jewelers, sculptors, painters and weaving and textile artists from more than 60 different tribes, festival-goers will enjoy family activities and cultural demonstrations; food, including ever-popular Indian tacos and buffalo burgers; and unforgettable performances by world champion hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance (Hopi/Tewa/Assinboin), tribal fusion band Pamyua (Yup’ik), flute player Tim Blueflint (Comanche) and storyteller Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe).

John Vanausdall, president and CEO of the Eiteljorg, says “Our longtime attendees who travel from across the Midwest and beyond can expect the same chance to interact with hundreds of Native artists and performers, but they will also get better access to the Eiteljorg Museum, including programming under The Sails in our gardens; our world-renowned galleries of art; and The Grand Canyon, our latest exhibit exploring a Western American icon.”

Indian Market and Festival is included in general museum admission. Museum members and children 17 and under get in free. Parking is available for a fee in the White River State Park garage and other nearby spaces. The museum, located downtown, is conveniently within walking distance to the Indiana Convention Center and several hotels.

To enjoy early shopping and a chance to interact with artists and performers in an intimate setting, Native arts enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the Indian Market and Festival Preview Party, beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, June 24, at the museum. For details, including fees for this event, visit the Festivals & Events page at

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art 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 Eiteljorg 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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