National Museum of the American Indian to Host One-of-a-Kind Art Market in Washington, D.C.

November 6, 2008
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host an art market Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 – 7, at its Washington, D.C., location. The market will be open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day and admission is free. The art market offers a unique shopping opportunity for visitors to purchase traditional and contemporary works by some of the finest Native artists working today to produce silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, hand-woven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls dressed in Native regalia, paintings, prints and sculpture.

Participants selected for the Art Market in Washington, D.C., include the following:


  • Vivian Benson (Tsimshian/Tlingit) – Cedar bark-woven dolls
  • Cherokee Basketweavers Association
  • Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band) – Black ash baskets, birch bark bitings
  • Debbie Frank McLavey (Haida) – Cedar bark baskets and hats

Apparel, Textiles and Accessories:

  • Jhane Myers-NoiseCat – Pendleton coats, jewelry
  • Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete (Navajo) – Navajo rugs, clothing, beadwork
  • Margaret Roach Wheeler (Choctaw) – Hand-woven clothing

2-D Media and Photography:

  • Gordon M. Coons (Lac Courte Oreilles/Chippewa) – Block prints, paintings
  • Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida) – Watercolor paintings, notecards
  • Frieda Drymon (Navajo) – Photography and soft dolls
  • Carmen Hunter (Navajo) – Photography prints
  • Wayne Poleahla (Hopi) – Prints, katsina dolls

Pottery and Figurines:

  • Glendora Fragua (Jemez Pueblo) – Handmade contemporary pottery
  • Richard A. Monikowski (Eel Ground First Nation) – Functional ware pottery and ceramic art
  • Ricardo Ortiz (San Felipe Pueblo) – Traditional pottery

Jewelry and Beadwork:

  • Angelique Albert (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) – Beadwork
  • Joe R. Calabaza and Valerie Calabaza (San Domingo Pueblo) – Jewelry: heishi, inlay
  • Anthony Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) – Jewelry: silver and gold inlay
  • Tamsye Jefferson (Chickahominy) – Beadwork
  • Steve Wikviya LaRance (Hopi) and Marian Denipah (Navajo/Tewa) – Southwestern designs
  • Michael Lente and Melanie Kirk-Lente (Isleta Pueblo) – Contemporary jewelry
  • Kathy Marco Martinez (Achumawi/Pit River/Apache) – Contemporary jewelry and accessories
  • Elizabeth James Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag) – Textiles, jewelry
  • Jovanna Poblano and Daniel Chattin (Zuni) – Beadwork, jewelry, carvings
  • Tonya June Rafael (Navajo) – Navajo jewelry
  • Mark D. Stevens (Laguna Pueblo) – Jewelry

Sculpture and Artforms:

  • William Harjo (Creek) – Flutes, instruments, jewelry
  • Nakwesee (Cherokee/Kwakiutl) – Hand-carved fossilized tusks and antlers
  • Ed Archie NoiseCat (Shuswap/Salish) – Steel and bronze sculpture, jewelry
  • Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi) – Katsina carvings

Mexico, Central and South America:

  • Amazon Alliance – Basketry, beadwork, jewelry, pottery, toys from Amazon Basin
  • Association for Indigenous Cultures of Ecuador – Hand-woven clothing, jewelry
  • Hermilio Soncco Ccala – Textiles and attire from Peru
  • Chol Chol Foundation – Textiles and attire, rugs from the Mapuche people of Chile
  • Jeaneth Masaquiza and Ramona Masaquiza (Indigenous of Salasaka, South America) – Textiles and attire from Ecuador
  • Sabina Ramirez (Maya Ixil) – Guatemalan textiles


  • Indian Arts and Crafts Board – Information booth

Artists were selected through a competitive application process. In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is located on the National Mall at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The museum is free and open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Dec. 25. The museum is accessible from L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail station via the Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums exit. For more information, visit

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