Since the Beginning(s): Native American Oral Traditions and Art

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Since the Beginning(s): Native American Oral Traditions and Art

November 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Native peoples have called North America home since the beginning. Gather around our virtual fire and listen to Native American artists, culture bearers and experts share how origin stories & traditions are expressed through art!

About the Speakers:

  • Karen Ann Hoffman is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and an award winning beadwork artist. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution-NMAI, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and the State of Wisconsin.
  • Scott Shoemaker, Ph.D. is a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and is also the Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Native American Art, History & Culture at the Eiteljorg Museum. He is a leading figure in the study and recovery of the Miami language and preservation of the traditional art of Miami ribbon work.
  • Jeremy D. Turner is an enrolled member of the Shawnee Tribe and descendant of the Wyandotte and Seneca-Cayuga Nations. He preserves his culture and heritage by doing re-enactments of the 18th Century French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

Presented by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in partnership with the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, IUPUI Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the Purdue University Native American Education and Cultural Center.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Crane Group. Additional support from the Western Arts Alliance is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

About Spirit & Place:

The Spirit & Place Festival (Nov. 5-15) celebrates the powerful role the arts, humanities, and religion play in community life. Housed in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Spirit & Place is celebrating its 25th year. Learn more at!

Event Essentials:

Register here.

Cost: Free

This program will held virtually and hosted via Zoom. Links and log in information will be emailed to registrants in advance of the program.

Please email Sandy Schmidt ( with questions.

Since each festival event is independently organized, attendees must register for each event separately. General festival questions may be directed to or (317) 274-2462


November 12
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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