April 19, 2012
EARTH DAY IS HERE!
Earth Day is
Saturday, April 21st, and on this day, we come together to
celebrate our environment! It is the given time we take each
year to clean and improve our communities and to recognize the impact
we each have on our environment. Here at The Indian Craft Shop, we
strive each day to improve our eco-consciousness: reducing, reusing
and recycling. We are so fortunate to be among dozens of active
recycling programs within the Stuart Lee Udall Department of the
Interior Building where there is also an organic garden and complete
composting program. If we each do one thing differently, whether it
is printing on two sides of paper (or not printing at all!) or
re-using a glass container rather than plastic, we can all make a
applaud American Indian artists, who bring the beauty of the
environment and nature into our lives - we see this as an integral
part of an enriched life, to be reminded of the importance of our
lands, animals, and plants. It's also been fun to see the work
created by many artists who are known for re-using materials in their
A very Happy
Earth Day to everyone! Enjoy your communities and celebrate every day
as Earth Day!
NEW IN THE SHOP
Fetish carvings have arrived in all forms and sizes this month!
Our cases are overflowing with interesting and one-of-a-kind carvings
from many of your favorite carvers of the Zuni Pueblo: Lena Boone
(past guest artist!), Michael Coble (past guest artist!), Herbert
Hustito, Ronnie Lunassee, Derrick Kaamassee (past guest
artist!), Claudia Penia, Andres Quandelacy, Troy Sice, and many
others.We have also received a nice selection of carvings
by Marilyn Quam, who creates a variety of animals priced under
$15.00, the perfect size for a small gift or introductory collection.
We've posted some new fetish carvings on our Online Store, with our
full selection available in the Shop.
received a wonderful selection of horned toad pottery by the
Manygoats family (Navajo) - small bowls, jars and wedding vases
accented with raised clay reliefs of horned toads, sure to bring a
smile to anyone. Traditional Navajo pottery was used for water
storage and other utilitarian purposes, with waterproofing aided by
the use of pine pitch. Today, this wonderful art form has evolved and
flourished; artists are creating pieces with fun and whimsy, such as
pictorial scenes and animal reliefs, in addition to the very highly
polished, thin walled pottery by artists such as Alice Cling.
Yellowhorse has also sent a selection of the distinct style of Artie
Yellowhorse Designs jewelry in anticipation of her upcoming visit in
May, so be sure to stop in to see a preview.
ARTISTS AT THE INDIAN CRAFT SHOP
ARTIE AND GLORIA YELLOWHORSE (NAVAJO)
MAY 11, 2012
and Gloria Yellowhorse will be here on May 11th from
12:00 noon - 4:00pm with their full selection of Artie Yellowhorse
Designs jewelry. Known for their creative designs, high-quality
stones and fine fabrication, the work is contemporary and
classic. Their trademark "Rising Sun" design is one
of their most popular collections, with its round or oval-domed
center surrounded by a sleek shadowbox or small silver beads.
Read more about the talented Yellowhorse family and see current works online; of course, you'll
always find a larger selection in the Shop.
TERRILL HOOPER O'BRIEN (MOHAWK)
AND VICTORIA MITCHELL (CHEROKEE)
MAY 10 - 11, 2012
O'Brien and Victoria Mitchell will be here on May 10th
& 11th from 12 noon - 4:00pm each day, (joining Artie
and Gloria Yellowhorse on May 11th). Terry O'Brien
(Mohawk) creates exquisite, beaded amulet bags which can be worn as
necklaces or displayed as fine art pieces. These amulet bags
provide Terry with a perfect medium for taking a design or idea that
is over a hundred years old and transforming it into an exciting,
stylish piece of wearable art. Read more about Terry O'Brien.
Mitchell (Cherokee) learned the
traditional Southeastern Woodlands style of pottery from her mother,
Anna Sixkiller Mitchell (Cherokee), who revived the art for the
Cherokee Tribe in Oklahoma. Victoria's pieces are built in the coil
method using native clay from Oklahoma. The tools she uses to create
pottery are often native stones, bones, horns or gourds. Victoria has
shown at a number of juried shows, to include the Heard Museum,
Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market, and Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City.
AUTHORS, BOOK SIGNINGS AND MUSEUM PRESENTATION - JUNE 14, 2012
and Angie Schaaf of the Center for Indigenous Arts and
Cultures (CIAC) and attend the book signings for Dr. Gregory Schaaf's American Indian Art Series.
Hougart, author of The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver:
Silversmiths, Designers, Guilds and Traders who
will sign and discuss his book of over 3200 entries of hallmarks.
(Books may be
pre-purchased for signing if you cannot make it in; include request
and salutation in orders or requests)
Museum Presentation - Presentation by
Dr. Gregory Schaaf on Stories of American Indian Artists
through the American Indian Art Series - 1:00pm - 2:00pm to be
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012
Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. We hope that you
will be able to join us Saturday, April 21st, from
FROM THE INTERIOR MUSEUM
Interior Museum is temporarily closed, there are still Museum
Programs and Building/Mural Tours. At least once a month the Interior
Museum will host a speaker or presentation to be held within the Main
Interior building. Building and Mural Tours can be arranged by
Museum Murals Tours
art and architecture that made the Main Interior Building a
"symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The
Interior Museum Murals Tour lasts an hour and visits photographic
murals by Ansel Adams and many of the over fifty murals by artists
including Maynard Dixon, Allan Houser, Gifford Beal, and John Steuart
Curry. Appointments can be made by calling 202.208.4743.
Programs for the Interior Museum
G. Farragut - America's First Admiral
1:00 p.m. -
Udall Department of the Interior Building
son of War of 1812 hero Commodore David Porter, David G. Farragut
rose to lead Union naval forces during the Civil War. Best
known for his capture of New Orleans and triumph at Mobile Bay,
Farragut's operations played a key role in achieving victory on the
waves and aiding Union troops ashore. Join Historian Ken
Hickman as he traces Farragut's rise from humble origins to one of
the luminaries of the Union military.
Assistance - For those in need of
special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired)
or inquiries regarding the accessible entrance, please notify museum
staff at (202) 208-4743 in advance of the program. Special
needs will be accommodated whenever possible.
Interior Museum - U.S. Department of the Interior
Udall Department of the Interior Building
1849 C Street,
NW Washington, DC 20240
information call Diana Ziegler (202) 208-4743
NEWS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR LIBRARY
of the Interior Library offers public tours of the resources,
architecture, and special features of the library. Included in the
tours are descriptions of legal and legislative materials on Deck 4
of the library, including the Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Code,
U.S. Statutes at Large, and case reporters. Also included will be a
look at the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, dating back to 1789, and
the library's rare book collection. This tour will be valuable for anyone
intending to do research at the DOI Library.
To schedule a tour, please contact the DOI Library at 202-208-5815 or
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
DOI Library is located at the C Street entrance in Room 1151 of the
Main Interior Building and is open to the public from 7:45 am to 5:00
pm Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).
Indian Craft Shop
Open on Saturday
10:00AM to 4:00PM
Indian Craft Shop is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm,
and the third Saturday of the month from 10:00am until 4:00pm. The Shop
is closed on federal holidays.
photo ID is needed for entrance to the building.
weekdays, visitors may use either the C Street or E Street
entrances (E Street is closer for
access is available at E Street.
weekend handicap access on E Street, contact the Shop at (202) 208-4056
ahead of time, if possible.)
West (Blue and Orange Line) and Farragut North (Red Line) are the
closest Metro stops. It is a six-block walk, or you can ride an 80 or
S1 bus to 18th and C Streets. There is metered parking on the street
and several parking lots within a few blocks.