Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
American Indian Arts Marketplace
Brings Top Native Artists to Southern California
The largest Indian marketplace in Southern California showcases 185 top artists and performers in a family-friendly setting
Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 7, 2010
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Autry National Center presents its annual American Indian Arts Marketplace, featuring top Native American artists from across the country selling their pottery, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, mixed-media works, weavings, beadwork, woodcarvings, and other cultural items. The event continues to grow each year with 185 artists representing more than 40 tribes will be on hand to show and discuss their traditional methods and contemporary art forms with visitors. The 30,000-square-foot Marketplace includes performances by Native dancers, musicians, and storytellers, plus other musical acts throughout the weekend. It also features hands-on activities for children and artist demonstrations. Native American food will be available as well as a varied menu in the Autry’s Golden Spur Cafe.
Returning to the Marketplace this year are multi–award-winning artists whose works can be found throughout the U.S. and around the world, including 2009 Best of Show/Textile winner TahNibaa Naataanii, 2009 Jackie Autry Purchase Award winner Roger “Sosakete” Perkins, and 2009 Best of Painting/Mixed Media/Photography winner Terrance Guardipee. Also returning are contemporary jeweler Veronica Poblano and Lakota artist Rex “Wambli Sapa” Carolin, who will erect a traditional Lakota tipi on the Marketplace grounds and explain why the tipi is significant to the Lakota people. The Marketplace and the Autry abide by the American Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990; all artwork sold on the grounds of the Marketplace is sold by the American Indian artist who has created the piece.
Juried awards are given to the artisans in various categories including Beadwork, Jewelry, Painting, Sculpture, Pottery, and Weaving. The work of art selected for the annual Jackie Autry Purchase Award will be acquired by the museum for its permanent collection. Previous years’ winning objects will be on display inside the museum lobby, and visitors will be able to see each of the 2009 prize-winning entries on display at the individual artists’ booths. The Marketplace weekend is also when the exhibition The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition closes. The basketry exhibition is drawn from the Southwest Museum’s collection, which includes the world’s largest and most important collection of Native American baskets, representing eleven regions and more than 100 cultural groups.
Storyteller Abel Silvas (Juaneño Band of Mission Indians) will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Marketplace’s entertainment stage. Visitors will enjoy live performances by storyteller Jacque Nunez (Acjachemen Nation) and champion hoop dancer Terry Goedel; contemporary Native music by Shelley Morningsong and the Fontenelle Family Dance Group; Toveema Southern California coastal Native song and dance presented by the Carmelo Family; new Native music by Ed Kabotie and Adrian Wall of Twin Rivers; and traditional drumming, singing, and dancing by the Wild Horse Singers and Dancers.
Live demonstrations of weaving, painting, flint knapping, soapstone carving, mask making, gourd art, and traditional jewelry making will engage visitors with the artists. Children can make their own beaded bracelets and Zuni pokeans (hacky sacks). Taste tradition with Hopi piki bread prepared by Ruby Chimerica, enjoy a frybread taco served up by Auntie’s Frybread Kitchen, or pick up some BBQ or tamales from Spice It Up and Corn Maiden.
The Frybread Queen by Carolyn Dunn
Sunday, November 7, 2:00 p.m.
Native Voices at the Autry will present a staged reading of The Frybread Queen by Carolyn Dunn (Muskogee Creek, Seminole, Cherokee) on Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Theater.
American Indian Arts Marketplace Admission*
Free for Autry Members and Children under 9
$12 General Admission
$8 Students with current ID and Seniors (60+)
*Includes museum admission
American Indian Arts Marketplace is sponsored by Edison International and Macy’s. For more information about the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry, visit TheAutry.org.
Images: Turquoise necklaces; buffalo hide ledger art; silver and stone cuffs; storyteller Jacque Nunez (Acjachemen Nation). First four photos by Danielle Klebanow. Ruby Chimerica (Hopi) making piki bread. Photo by Abel Gutierrez.
About the Autry National Center
The Autry National Center, formed in 2003 by the merger of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Women of the West Museum, is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. The Autry Institute includes two research libraries: the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library. Exhibitions, public programs, K–12 educational services, and publications are designed to examine critical issues of society, offering insights into solutions and the contemporary human condition through the Western historical experience.
Weekday hours of operation for the Autry National Center’s museum at its Griffith Park location are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Autry Store’s weekday hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Golden Spur Cafe is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours for the museum and the Autry Store are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum, the Autry Store, and the cafe are closed on Mondays. The libraries are open to researchers by appointment.
Museum admission is $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 60+, $3 for children 3–12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children age 2 and under. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month.