16 Jun Indian Market and Festival | David Boxley
As Indian Market and Festival draws near, we’d like to tell you about some of the things we’re extra excited about.
Number 1: The 1491s
Number 2: Twin Rivers
Number 3: Down Feathers and Masks!
David R. Boxley is an esteemed Tsimshian artist from Metlakatla, Alaska, who will be performing stories and songs, as well as selling his artwork as a featured artist in the Eiteljorg Store Market Tent.
“I am of the first generation of Alaskan Tsimshian’s to be raised with the potlatch system. I thank my ancestors who built such a rich and beautiful culture and who, through great struggle, endured to ensure a future for their children. I thank the elders that had the knowledge of the old days and for passing that knowledge on to my father. I thank my father for working so hard to help rebuild our culture. I thank everyone of his generation that have taken it into their hearts and passed it on to their children. I thank those of my generation who stand with me in living and perpetuating our culture. It is not for us that we’ve done all that we have. It is for the generations to come. Art is the visual representation of a culture and I am honored to be one of those who carry that responsibility.”
– David R. Boxley
From a very young age David was passionate and proud of his culture. He began carving under the instruction of his father, esteemed carver David A. Boxley, at six years old, and around this same time he also began to travel around the United States to assist in raising totem poles and teaching people about Tsimshian culture.
As an adult, he has continued to express the love and respect he has for Tsimshian culture through his art, cultural performances and teaching. David’s elegant design style is drawn from a strong tradition of Tsimshian carving and design, and has been heavily influenced by the teachings of his father, Haida artist Robert Davidson and the old masters. From 2009-2011, David Robert carved alongside Haida artist Robert Davidson. David won the Eiteljorg Indian Market Best of Show award in 2009.
In addition to carving full-time, David and his father lead their dance group, the Git-Hoan Dancers, in performances around North America. David has also teaches S’malgyax (Tsimshian language), Tsimshian culture and Northwest Coast design.
David is well respected for his artistic abilities, and for being one of the most prominent Native leaders of his generation. In 1982, David Robert’s father was the first man to hold a potlatch in his village of Metlakatla in modern times. At twenty years of age, David Robert followed in his father’s footsteps by being the first of his generation to hold his own potlatch and has hosted 4 more since.
Before the kick-off of Indian Market, the Eiteljorg will host two parties Friday, June 26 – the official IMF Preview Party and the AfterGlow party featuring the 1491s and DJ Kyle Long.
Preview Party Details
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Price: $90/members $100/non-members
An exclusive first-look shopping opportunity and reception. Attendees get free weekend passes to Indian Market and Festival.
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Price: Free for AGAVE members and $15/non-members and non-Indian Market and Festival Preview Party attendees
Grab a glow stick and join us for beverages, dancing, desserts and entertainment by the 1491s and DJ Kyle Long. Interact with artists in a relaxed setting along the canal and underneath The Sails of the Eiteljorg. Call (317) 275-1333 to make reservations.
Time, Tickets and Parking
– Indian Market and Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in White River State Park’s Military Park, just north of the museum in downtown Indianapolis.
– Discounted advanced tickets for the event are on sale at the Eiteljorg Museum, on the museum’s website and Marsh Supermarkets or by calling 1-800-622-2024.
– Advance sale tickets are $10. Tickets during the market are $12 at the gate. Kids 17 and under are FREE. Admission to the Eiteljorg is included.
– White River State Park underground garage next to the Eiteljorg Museum and IUPUI parking lots across from Military Park provides the most convenient and inexpensive parking for this event. Shuttles to and from the museum are available.
-Parking in the White River State Park garage will not be validated Indian Market weekend.
For even more information about what’s happening Indian Market weekend, and to purchase advance sale tickets, visit Indian Market & Festival info.