Indian Craft Shop in Washington DC

December 3, 2013



Open on Saturday,

December 21, 2013



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 to 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 closed 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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Section1Mark Your Calendars: We Welcome Shane Hendren, Guest Artist, December 12 and December 13

We are very excited to present a solo show with Navajo jewelry master Shane Hendren, who will join us Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13 from noon - 4:00p.m. each day. Shane is a master jeweler in a variety of metalsmithing techniques and is an artist who transfers his philosophy and his design visions into striking, wearable works of art. 




Shane is most known for using marriage of metals and mokume-gane, techniques that blend and fuse metals together creating patterns reminiscent of earth elements. He sometimes combines these techniques with others such as overlay, engraving and tufa casting, often accented with natural turquoise/stone settings. 


Winning awards for his work from numerous organizations and artist competitions, Shane has also been involved as an active role model for artists and the arts community by serving in leadership positions and donating his time and expertise. This recent video and interview 

produced by the Saul Bell Group shows Shane in his workshop studio; the video explores his evolution as a silversmith, in addition to showing some of the techniques he uses and sharing his philosophy as an artist. You can also listen to Shane during a past ICS interview as he explains what he hopes to bring to people through his jewelry.


Shane creates a wide range of jewelry that includes earrings, pins, bracelets, buckles, neckware and more. We can't wait to see Shane's latest creations and are honored to offer the opportunity to you.


Section2What's New In The Shop and Online


The Shop is full of an array of arts so be sure to leave ample time to visit and see everything. New Zuni fetish carvings have arrived from some of your favorite carvers, including Lena Boone, Curtis Garcia and Quandelacy family members; we also have a nice selection of smaller carvings by Marilyn Quam and Fitz Kiyite that are perfect for the many people on your holiday gift list. Visit the Shop for a full selection or see some of our fetish carving selection on the online store. We've also added many new pieces to our Alaskan carving selection, including walrus tusk ivory and whale bone carvings depicting many of the animals of the north  -- polar bears, walrus, otters, seals and the great variety of birds, as well as hunters. Visit the Shop for a full selection or see some of our Alaskan carvingsOther arts include work from new artists to the Shop: walking sticks made of juniper wood by Rose Iron (Crow) and dolls by Chrystine Davison (Blackfeet). And of course we have new jewelry from our visiting artists in November, Bryant Martinez (Navajo), George Willis (Choctaw), designs by Kathy Sanchez (San Felipe) as well as Etta Endito, Ruth Ann Begay, James Bahe and Thomas Charlie (Navajo).


We wish you an artful holiday!

If you can't visit in person, shop on our online store.


Section3Open Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month from 10:00am - 4:00pm - the third Saturday this month is December 21 - We look forward to seeing you!



Enjoy your holidays filled with the arts!


Section6News from the Interior Museum - Temporarily Closed but Active with Programs/Tours


American Indians and the Civil War

Wednesday, December 4, 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., 

Rachel Carson Room

Learn more about the over 20,000 American Indians who fought on both sides of the Civil War. Chief Historian of the National Park Service Robert Sutton will discuss some of their stories and the motivations for participation in the conflict.




Interior Museum Murals Tour

 Discover the art and architecture that made the Main Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The Murals Tour is offered at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The tour is limited to 20 visitors and a reservation is required. For groups over eight, custom tours can be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Please call the Museum in advance of your visit at 202.208.4743 to make a reservation.


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.


LOCATION - The Rachel Carson Room is located next to the basement cafeteria of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.

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


Section7News from the Department of Interior Library

For details on DOI Library programs, please visit online.


Library Tours Available

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 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 | Department of the Interior | 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240