The Indian Craft Shop

Indian Craft Shop in Washington DC

August 15, 2013                                                                      Like us on Facebook Find us on Pinterest  Find us on Yelp





August is here, and while we still have some hot, muggy days, there are also hints of those first crisp mornings that mean we'll soon be moving into another season. Just as the seasons come and go, bringing their beautiful changes, so do the years, almost before we know it. And the arrival of this September coincides with the Shop's 75th anniversary, an extraordinary marker! Since 1938, this special shop inside the Department of Interior has been supporting the arts through the generations - showcasing the work of American Indian artists from across the U.S. for many, many seasons (300 seasons in all). We look forward to welcoming all of you to celebrate with us, along with our guest artists throughout the fall season.






Starting in September, we begin celebrating The Indian Craft Shop's 75th Anniversary, and we have invited artists to come and share their art with you. There will be craft demonstrations, time to get to know the artists and lots of beautiful artwork for you to check out.



Join us for our Guest Artist/Mini Market Days featuring different guests each month - our guest artists/authors include the following:


September 19-21, 2013

Gerald Barnes (Passamaquoddy), basketry; Caroline Carpio (Isleta), pottery and sculpture; Bille Hougart, author; Earl Plummer (Navajo), jewelry; Charlene and Frank Reano (San Felipe/Santo Domingo), jewelry; Kathy Elk Woman Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara), jewelry and sculpture.


October 17-19, 2013

Ola and Tony Eriacho (Zuni), jewelry and fetish carving; Glendora Fragua (Jemez), pottery; Bille Hougart, author; Terrill Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk), beadwork; George Shukata Willis (Choctaw), jewelry and Artie Yellowhorse (Navajo), jewelry.


November 14-16, 2013

Bille Hougart, author; Robin Lazore (Mohawk), basketry; Victoria Mitchell (Cherokee), pottery; Eddie Morrison (Cherokee), sculpture; Terrill Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk), beadwork.


We are still adding to our artist and guest listing and will keep you updated throughout the fall. Please join us as we celebrate 75 Years, and thank you for your continued support of the arts.


We're continuing our "Countdown of 75 Reasons" on our Facebook page    which includes one posting at a time of the abbreviated "Reasons to Collect American Indian Art" submitted from Shop patrons. We hope you enjoy the 'Reasons' and encourage you to share your thoughts!





We are happy to announce that we have received a shipment of Joe Ben Jr. sand paintings. Using intense colors derived from materials that he collects himself around the Navajo Reservation and on his international travels -- blue lapis from Afghanistan, galena from Morocco, gypsum from Cuba or coal from the Four Corners area - Joe Ben, Jr. creates unique sand paintings that are a contemporary interpretation of traditional Navajo ceremonial elements.


Speaking of his art, Joe Ben, Jr. says, "Through the art of sand painting, based on the cycle of nature, I am capable of communicating my feelings and my ideas.  It is through these sand paintings of Mother Earth, of Father Sun and their children (the trees, the rivers, the birds, the divinities and us), that I can imitate the powerful work of nature.  I then try to use nature's aesthetic work as a part of my life and to add dimension to my existence. Finally, I hope with this art to encourage people to consider the aesthetics of nature, because that is what art is all about...Nature...What else is there?"






The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month.  We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday, August 17th, from 10:00am - 4:00pm.  




Continue to check our Web store as we continue to post items -- be sure to check our "New Additions" page to see the latest added works. 





We invite you to visit the National Aquarium, the oldest public aquarium in the Nation, before it closes its doors on September 30, 2013.We are fortunate to have had the chance to share the recycled art of Kathy "Elk Woman" Whitman with the National Aquarium's wonderful gift shop. If you are interested in other items at the National Aquarium's gift shop, NOW is the time to visit!!! Everything in the shop is discounted with savings from 30 % - 50% off already great prices on items including marine fossils, educational books and toys, plush toys and many other souvenirs and gifts related to sea life and its habitats. We encourage you to visit the National Aquarium again before it closes. If you choose, you may visit/enter the gift shop without paying the Aquarium's entry fee. The National Aquarium is located in the U.S. Department of Commerce Building on 14th Street, NW, between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues. For more information on the National Aquarium visit





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In This Issue

Save The Date!

New Arrivals of Joe Ben Jr. Sand Paintings


New Items in the Online Store

National Aquarium Closing

News from the Interior Museum

News from the Department of Interior LIbrary


Indian Craft Shop 
Retail Hours



Open on Saturday
August 17, 2013  

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 ramps are available at both entrances.During Saturday hours, visitors must use the C Street Entrance.


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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