Halito: Aya: Ya at’ eeh; Niit and Hello! That’s hello in Chickasee and Choctaw, Miami, Navajo and Tsimshan. Every Summer Military Park across from the Indianapolis Canal Walk in Indianapolis downtown becomes a hub of activity for Native American artisans and fans of the Eiteljorg Museum at a one of a kind Indianapolis festival. The Indian Market and Art Festival celebrates Indian artists and their unique cultures at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Don’t miss this year’s Indian Market and Art Festival near White River State Park.
This annual event is an iconic cultural happening in Indianapolis. Native Artists from across the country travel to the Hoosier state to sell their art to Indianapolis people at this one of a kind festival. The weekend of festivities includes performances from some of the best Native American storytellers, dancers and singers, unique food like Indian tacos and a host of activities for Indianapolis kids.
Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $10 for non-members, $8 for members and FREE for children under 17. All advance tickets are only $8. Parking will be available in the White River State Park underground garage. Unfortunately, the Eiteljorg Museum is not able to offer free parking.
The schedule of events gets going at 10 am on the main stage with a Welcome and Prayer. Michael Horse will be on hand to emcee the myriad of events happening on the main stage including performances from Pamyua, a “tribal funk” band, Native American flute music from Branches Breath, Black Swamp Drum, Northern Drum, and storytelling by David R. Boxley.
Black Swamp Drum originated in 1980 and is led by Aaron Stevens (Cherokee). The group was initially funded by a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health in an effort to prevent drug and alcohol use. The group reconnects Native youth raised in urban areas with their cultural values as an alternative to alcohol and drugs. Branches and Breath is a flute musical ensemble playing both improvisation and composed songs with percussion, world and Native American flutes. The group of three musicians bring the Native American flute to modern audiences.
In addition to these performances on the main stage, take part in cultural presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Join curator White Wolf James as he plays Pomo stick dice. Pamyua will teach participants Inuit songs and dances. Learn about Kachinas from Hopi artist Wayland Namingha, Jr. A see how a Native American drum is made by Navajo artists Tony Showa.
In the Dogbane Family Activity Area, make and take your very own piece of art. Learn how a water drum works and play a few beats. Make a talking stick or Cellophane Self Portrait and more!
The Eiteljorg Museum’s Indiana Market and Festival allows patrons to experience Native American art first hand. Meet the artists, learn their process, and take home a piece of authentic Native American art. Don’t miss this incredible Indianapolis festival.
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Indian Market and Festival
June 25 to 26, 2011
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204