The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art sits comfortably in Indianapolis downtown near a host of other Indianapolis attractions. This Indianapolis art museum illuminate North American history by providing a home for Native American art, as well as artwork that immortalizes the Old West. June 26 and 27 the Eiteljorg Museum hosts an Indian Market and Festival, featuring 140 Native American artists and performers. Admission to this Indianapolis art event is only $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for museum members. Indianapolis kids seventeen and younger get in for FREE. Advance tickets are available for $8.00. Advance tickets are available at Marsh and O’Malia locations. This Indianapolis festival starts at 10:00 am both days and lasts until 5:00 pm.
The Annual Indian Market and Festival at the Eiteljorg Museum has become an iconic cultural event for Indianapolis. This Indianapolis nonprofit organization attracts Native artists from across the United States to travel to Indianapolis to share and sell their art. In addition, the Indian Market and Festival includes performances from storytellers, dancer and singers who have dedicated their art to keeping Native American traditions alive. Plus, the Indian Market and Festival is a great opportunity to sample exotic foods, including the crowd favorite: Indian tacos.
The entertainment schedule for this two day Indianapolis culture event is packed full of talented performers. Acclaimed actor and artist Michael Horse returns to emcee this Indianapolis event, bringing his belief that art is proof of the connection of cultures, Mother Earth, each other a to the soul. The Blue Stone Project takes to the stage illuminating native rhythms with rock based blues. Richard Van Camp shares his mix of poetry, warmth and humor to explore storytelling with a focus on family, identity and culture.
Cultural leader, David Robert Boxley, composes songs in his native language and performs around the world with his dance group: Git-hoan (the People of Salmon). Living Traditions Dance Troupe will also be on hand featuring five time world champion hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis. Together this award winning dance group honors the First Nations way.
As you meander through this Indianapolis festival, enjoy live entertainment from the roster above and peruse the soulful works of art on display. The Indian Market and Festival features practically every art medium of Native American cultures including jewelry, pottery,sculpture, stone carving, copper work, gourds, carved shells, bead work, basketry and more. Other on hand art mediums include paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture etc.
Try your hand at hoop dancing in the Dogbane Family Activity Area, which also features hands on crafts such as decorating bracelets and wristbands, creating a pottery tiles and making a woven mat with microfiche. Activities for little ones include coloring a Northwest Coast make and creating rock art.
Pack up the family and head to the Eiteljorg Museum for a fun day learning about Native American culture. With prime Indianapolis real estate, the Eiteljorg Museum is neighbor to the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Canal Walk, White River State Park and the Indiana History Center.
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Indian Market and Festival
June 25 and 26, 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204