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The Indian Craft Shop

Indian Craft Shop in Washington DC

July 18, 2012Find us on Facebook







We are back in our historic digs and it feels absolutely great to be back 'home'! We've had some changes made as well, with the back rooms opened up into one room to allow you more space to sit and read books, view art and enjoy the natural light coming in from the outdoor sculpture garden. And of course to be surrounded by the preserved, original murals by Allan Houser and Gerald Nailor is an enrichment that everyone feels and recognizes when in the Shop.


What has been quite amazing is that many people have 'discovered' us for the first time, now that we are back in the main corridor, and we are having a wonderful experience introducing people to the magnificence of the arts being created today by American Indian artists. This is always our goal, to bring the beauty of the arts into people's lives - to enrich the public and enrich the many artists we represent from across the country. It is truly a special place.




Many of you have already been in to visit us since our move back and we thank you for your support and your visits. As each day passes, we are, as usual, making changes and tweaking and trying new things in our new configuration here - as some have noticed, we are looking a bit different each day! So come out of the heat and enjoy the cool, comfy, cozy atmosphere of the Shop and watch as we 'evolve' in displaying the arts, arranging our space and making improvements to be the best we can be for you!




One of the exciting things about working with American Indian art is that it is constant, with artists continually creating, all working at different paces resulting in the Shop receiving new work just about all the time. We recently introduced the work of Jhane Myers (Comanche) and her dolls have done so well with collectors that she created another order for us that has recently arrived. While her new dolls are not online yet, you may learn more about this talented artist and see examples of her work online.  We also have a wonderful selection of fetish necklaces, many featuring carvings by Andres and Georgia Quandelacy, each with their own personality and character. You may see our current selection online or visit the Shop to see our full selection (and email inquiries for photos are accepted!). We've also received 'extra large' fabric art wall sculptures from Peter Ray James (Navajo) that include Anasazi figures, buffalo and horses, each designed with prehistoric and historic motifs and symbols. Drawing on ancient designs, Peter Ray's work has an innovative and contemporary flair sure enough to jazz up any room in your home or office.




We hope you can visit soon to see all of the arts in the original, historic Shop location and if you aren't able to visit in person, visit online -- shop around and take the time to enjoy the beauty of art...and learn more about the artists and work we represent.  We appreciate your support, your continued interest and your sharing of the arts with your family and friends - together we make a difference!




The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. We hope that you will be able to join us this Saturday, July 21 from 10:00am - 4:00pm.




While the Interior Museum is closed, there are continuing 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 are hosted with reservations on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00pm or can be arranged by appointment for alternative days/times. Contact Diana Ziegler at the Interior Museum, 202-208-4743.


Upcoming Programs for the Interior Museum:


Battle of Antietam: The Single Bloodiest Day in American History

Wednesday, August 1st, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Rachel Carson Room, Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building

After twelve hours of fighting on September 17, 1862, 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. Former Chief Historian of the National Park Service Edwin Bearss will discuss the battle that ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

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 in the basement cafeteria of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.

More information:   www.doi.gov/interiormuseum
Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240



InteriorMuseum Murals Tours - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00pm (Reservations required).


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. Reservations and alternative appointments can be made by calling 202.208.4743.


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 www.doi.gov/interiormuseum





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


For the upcoming events and schedule of the Interior Library Speaker Series 


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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In This Issue

Moved "Home"

What's New in the Shop


News from the Interior Museum

News from the Department of Interior Library


Indian Craft Shop
Retail Hours

Open on Saturday  

July 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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