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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 difference!  


We also 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 own work.


A very Happy Earth Day to everyone! Enjoy your communities and celebrate every day as Earth Day!




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.


We've also 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.


Gloria 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.









MAY 11, 2012


Sisters Artie 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.





MAY 10 - 11, 2012


Terry 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.



Victoria 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. 






Meet Gregory 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



Meet Bille 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)



Interior 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 confirmed.





The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday, April 21st, from 10:00AM- 4:00PM.




While the 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 appointment.


Interior Museum Murals Tours

Discover the 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.


Upcoming Programs for the Interior Museum

David G. Farragut - America's First Admiral

Wednesday, May 2

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Rachel Carson Room, 

Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building


The adopted 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.


Special 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.


The Interior Museum - U.S. Department of the Interior

Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building

1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240

For more information call Diana Ziegler (202) 208-4743







The Department 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 library@nbc.gov. 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).

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What's New

Guest Artists

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News From The Interior Museum


Indian Craft Shop
Retail Hours

Open on Saturday  

April 21, 2012  
10:00AM to 4:00PM


The 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.


A photo ID is needed for entrance to the building. 

During weekdays, visitors may use either the C Street or E Street entrances (E Street is closer for

 Metro riders). 

Handicap access is available at E Street.

(For weekend handicap access on E Street, contact the Shop at (202) 208-4056 ahead of time, if possible.)


Public Transportation

Farragut 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.


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The Indian Craft Shop
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C.20240
(202) 208-4056

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