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Celebrate the 25th annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival on June 24-25

by | Apr 04, 2017

Native American artists from more than 60 tribes will sell art, demonstrate and perform

INDIANAPOLIS – One of downtown Indianapolis’ top artistic and cultural celebrations returns Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25:  the 25th annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival. Visitors can meet Native American artists from more than 60 tribes and purchase their handmade art, including jewelry, pottery, beadwork, cultural items, basketry, paintings, sculpture and weavings. The weekend also will feature performances from renowned Native American musicians Arvel Bird and Tony Duncan, as well as family-friendly cultural demonstrations of Native art, cooking and storytelling.

2016 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival -- view of artists' booths and tentsIndian Market and Festival will take place on the Eiteljorg Museum grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time both days, with artists’ booths located outside and inside the museum. A special feature this year will be a museum gallery exhibit of signature images and museum purchase awards collected at previous Indian Markets.

“As the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival developed over the past 25 years, many Native American artists from all over the U.S. and Canada have traveled to Indianapolis to show their art and cultivate new collectors here in the Midwest – friends who return to Indian Market each year to see their favorite artists’ latest works. This silver anniversary of Indian Market and Festival is especially meaningful, as longtime collectors and a second generation of visitors converge on the Eiteljorg Museum to experience Native American art and culture and share in this important community event,” Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said.

5.   2016 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival -- artist Matagi Sorensen (Yavapai Apache Nation), jeweler

After a modest start in 1993, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has grown into one of the top Native American art markets in the nation; and thousands of people attend the event held on the weekend after Father’s Day each year. Artists are chosen through a juried selection; and for artists to be eligible to participate, all entries must be handmade within the past two years by the artist entering the piece. Entries must be available for purchase during Indian Market and Festival and not include any part of a species of a protected animal. To ensure authenticity of artwork, all artists must provide documentation confirming they are members of a state or federally recognized tribe under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. Judges who review the artwork will present awards to artists in multiple divisions, including a youth division.

With the objective of building support for and interest in Native American arts and cultures, the market draws both serious art collectors as well as families interested in cultural experiences through interacting with artists and Native American music, dance and storytelling. Two crowd-pleasing recording artists who blend contemporary and traditional styles will return for the 25th annual Indian Market and Festival, performing multiple sets on Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25: 

4.  Arvel Bird - photo by Puspa LohmeyerArvel Bird with Bearsheart Dancers
Combining his Paiute and Scottish heritage and classical violin training into an exciting music style he calls “Celtic Indian,” Arvel Bird performs on fiddle, Native flutes and Irish whistles in songs that encompass Native folk, Celtic rock, bluegrass and world music. Bird will be accompanied by the Bearsheart Dancers, who perform traditional and non-traditional Sioux dance styles and drumming in regalia.

2. Tony Duncan 1 - hoop dance, fluteTony Duncan
Award-winning Native flute player and champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan (Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa) has recorded several albums with renowned Native American music label Canyon Records. Duncan’s mesmerizing performances include high-energy sequences of moves that combine multiple hoops to tell stories depicting shapes of animals and parts of nature. Duncan also will teach some basic moves during his popular Hoop Dancing 101.

New to the Indian Market and Festival this year is veteran storyteller Ramona Moore Big Eagle (Tuscarora/Cherokee). As the oral historian and legend-keeper of the Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina, she is an educator and motivational speaker who embodies the authentic storytelling tradition. Returning storyteller Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) also will talk about her culture, accompanied by flute, rattle and drum. For the performance schedule, visit

Indian Market and Festival is located on the beautiful Eiteljorg Museum grounds to provide guests with a more immersive cultural and museum experience. Market-goers can shop from artists both outside and inside, participate in hands-on art activities, enjoy performances, take a break for lunch in the Museum Café or try Indian tacos and buffalo burgers from one of the food vendors, see the special gallery exhibit and enjoy the ongoing Dogs: Faithful and True exhibition and the museum’s Western and Native American art galleries.

Admission to the Indian Market and Festival – which also gets visitors into the museum – is $13 for adults and $11 for seniors; youth 17 and under are free. Eiteljorg members enjoy free admission. Advance discount tickets are $11 and can be ordered by calling 317.636.WEST (9378) or visiting Paid parking is available in the White River State Park garage.

To enjoy early shopping before the crowds arrive, enthusiasts of Native American art can attend the Indian Market and Festival Preview Party, Friday evening June 23. For party details and admission prices, see

Indian Market & Festival - groundsAbout 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 on the Central Canal in White River State Park, at 500 West Washington St., Indianapolis, close to downtown hotels. 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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