Indian Market and Festival goes ALL VIRTUAL in 2021
Faye Lone (Tonawanda Seneca)
Fancy Shawl, 2019
Two weeks of online art sales and performances
FREE at Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival
Are you a regular Indian Market and Festival attendee seeking a beautiful pot to add to your collection? Do you want to support Native artists beyond the traditional market weekend? Perhaps you’re a lifelong learner itching to know more about an artist’s process. Or have you wanted to attend Indian Market but just couldn’t wedge a festival into your hectic schedule? You’re in luck: This year’s Indian Market and Festival was designed with your needs in mind.
The 29th annual Indian Market and Festival is entirely virtual, and you’ll have two weeks to shop, learn, support and engage. Featuring approximately 100 Native American and First Nations artists from across the United States and Canada, this year’s event is sure to delight. Since it is virtual, you can shop and enjoy performances from the comfort of wherever you are. This year’s market is also FREE so you can enjoy with friends and family, a classroom full of students or on your own.
Sarah Sockbeson (Penobscot)
Glowing Sea, 2018
Acrylic paint on canvas
How to attend:
Visit Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival anytime during the two-week-long market, June 14-28. Once on the site, shop. Peruse hundreds of works for sale by using filters to search by artist name, art media or price. Find a piece (or four) you love, then follow the links to purchase your items directly from the artists. It’s that easy.
Not only will you admire the prize-winning art, you can cast an online vote for your favorite piece, learn about artists, check out the schedule to attend live performances and more. Mark your calendar and don’t miss it.
The best part: Online admission is free and you will have two weeks to support the artists, shop for their wonderful art and enjoy the fantastic performers, cultural demonstrations and activities.
You can easily help support 100 Native artists and their cultures by promoting the market to all your friends and connections:
- Direct them to Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival
- Follow the Eiteljorg on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and follow #EJIndianMarket
Jennifer White (Arikara)
Acrylic on canvas
Online art sale
Jewelry, basketry, pottery, weavings, paintings and sculptures: At Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival, you will be able to connect directly with your favorite artists’ websites to shop. The Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival is a nationally recognized Native art market, and artists compete for top prizes in a juried art competition.
(Wolf Clan member of the Oneida Nation)
Image by Jane Feldman
We continue the year of Honoring Women with Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida) in a couple of live virtual performances. Also, don’t miss:
- The Bizhiki Culture and Dance Company, who will virtually engage and educate the public through traditional and contemporary dance, song and a presentation on colonization and its impacts on tribal communities across the country.
- Randy Kemp (Choctaw/Mvskoke- Creek/Euchee), an artist, storytelling performer and musician, who will virtually educate and entertain audiences with his performances.
- Innastate, an indigenous reggae/rock band based out of Santa Fe, N.M., who will bring a unique brand of music during virtual performances.
Geography/travel is no boundary to participating in this year’s Indian Market and Festival. We can all play a major role in supporting the livelihoods of Native artists, and learn more about their cultures.
Get all the latest details at Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival.
Download family art activities and make an amazing piece of artwork with items readily available in your own home.
Roberta Begaye, (Diné (Navajo)
Acrylic on canvas stretched over a wood frame
Bizhiki Culture and Dance Company appearance supported (in part) by a grant from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund, a CICF Fund
Care Institute Group, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Indiana Arts Commission
Supported by the Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund:
An Arts Council of Indianapolis program made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.
This article originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of Storyteller magazine.