INDIANAPOLIS — One of the Midwest’s most iconic cultural weekends takes place June 25-26 in Indianapolis when the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival returns as an in-person event for the first time since 2019.
Over 140 Indigenous artists from across the United States and Canada will be at the Eiteljorg to display and sell their jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork, weavings, carvings and more.
This year’s Market Weekend will be a particularly meaningful celebration of Native arts: it is Eiteljorg’s 30th annual Indian Market and Festival and coincides with the grand reopening of the museum’s newly redesigned Native American Galleries, a key project in the history of the museum.
“The Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has become one of our community’s most important cultural celebrations,” said Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall. “This year is sure to be memorable as it is the event’s 30th year and the market’s first in-person presentation since 2019. The weekend of the market also marks the official opening of the museum’s $6 million Native American Galleries. , completely redesigned.”
Since its inception in 1993, the Eiteljorg Museum’s annual Indian Market and Festival has grown to become one of the nation’s premier Native American art markets, as well as a must-see event on the downtown summer calendar. ‘Indianapolis. For three decades, artists, performers and thousands of market visitors and art buyers have gathered at the Eiteljorg to celebrate Indigenous arts and cultures.
This year, visitors to the market will also be able to experience the completely reconstructed and redesigned Native American Galleries featuring Expressions of Life: Native Art in North America, which will open on Saturday, June 25. The new galleries are designed to present Indigenous art in a multi-sensory environment creating a contextual experience – organized around the themes of relationship, continuity and innovation – that demonstrates a continuum of Indigenous art told to through the voices of indigenous peoples.
For Eiteljorg members, free admission to the Indian Market and Festival is available for the person named on the museum membership card with a reduced admission price of $15 for two adult guests. Non-member adult tickets to the Indian Market and Festival are $20 at the door each day. Advance $15 discount tickets can be purchased online at Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival or by calling 317-636-9378. Youth and children 17 and under are free. Indian Market and Festival tickets also include admission to the entire museum and new Native American galleries.
Art buyers looking to get their shopping started early can sign up for the Market Morning Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, which includes early access to the artists’ booths and breakfast prepared by Kahn’s Catering. To register, contact Jennifer Hiatt at [email protected] or 317-275-1360.
There will be a variety of delicious foods at the event, including delicious fried bread. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a wide range of entertaining cultural performances including music, dance and storytelling, as well as family-friendly art activities.
Artists are scheduled for the outdoor stage of the Indian Market on both days, June 25 and 26. They include: Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company: Comprised of Ojibwe, Lakota, Potawatomi, Menominee, and Apache dancers, the group represents both male and female Native American dance styles; Ed Kabotie and Tha ‘Yoties: a reggae/rock band from Flagstaff, Arizona, notable for their spirited performances; Randy, Rykelle and Raven Kemp: a family of storytellers, artists and musicians; Innastate: a reggae/rock band from Santa Fe, NM that honors their native heritage; and Wade Fernandez: a multi-award winning musical artist and educator.
To visit Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival for a schedule of shows and for more information.