Discover one-of-a-kind artwork for sale from 200 artists representing more than 40 tribal nations during the Autry Museum of the American West’s annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9-10, the Autry will host artistic expressions of Native American poetry, dance and the annual Short Play Festival from Native Voices, the Autry’s resident theatre company.
The marketplace offers something for everyone, with top artists from across the country selling sculptures, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, mixed-media works and more. The Marshall McKay and Sharon Rogers-McKay Juried Competition will award 22 prizes in 11 categories, as well as a Best of Show prize and the Jackie Autry Purchase Award. In honor of the many Native American veterans who have served this country, the Autry will offer free admission for all active military personnel and veterans (with ID).
Cultural activities will take place across the Autry’s campus. The Native Voices Artists Ensemble presents the Native Voices ninth annual Short Play Festival, titled “Bones, Bingo, & Blackjack.”
“Waging Words,” presented and curated by Pamela J. Peters, brings readings by three Indigenous female poets to the Autry galleries. Visitors of all ages can learn to hoop dance with Terry Goedel, a world-champion hoop dancer raised on the Tulalip Reservation, and create hands-on crafts with Jacque Tahuka Nunez, a tribal descendant of the Acjachemen Nation.
Artist demonstrators will include representatives from the California Indian Basketweavers Association, who will share the rich history and tradition of basket weaving in California, and glass blowing by Hopi artist Ramson Lometewama. The Chumash Maritime Association will showcase a traditional plank canoe (tomol) on the festival grounds, and artist Rex “Wambli Sapa” Carolin will raise a Lakota tipi.
Beyond the marketplace tent, try light and fluffy fry bread from the acclaimed Wildhorse Café. The Autry’s restaurant, Crossroads West, will also be open, offering a full menu that honors the unique culinary traditions and flavors of the American West.
The Autry Museum of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way. For more information, visit theautry.org.
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