The Indian Craft Shop

Indian Craft Shop in Washington DC

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The clock is ticking away! Send your "Reasons to Collect American Indian Art" by March 29 and you could win one of FIVE $75 Gift Vouchers we are giving away! All you need to do is send in your reasons for collecting American Indian art- send us as few or as many as you like - and we will enter you into our drawing.


We are collecting your reasons in honor of The Indian Craft Shop entering into its 75th Anniversary year. We thank all of you for taking the time to share your reasons; they provide valuable feedback not only to the Shop, but to artists from across the nation.


We are excited about completing our list of "75 Reasons to Collect American Indian Art," which will become part of our permanent history record.





Here are a few samples of what we have received so far:


-- My husband and I enjoy the beauty and warmth that American Indian art brings to our home. It is very spiritual and calming. Each piece of artwork has its own story to tell. Family and friends who visit our home enjoy seeing the diversity of American Indian cultures. It is an educational experience for everyone to learn about the talented artists and their cultural expressions.


--Because it is breathtaking


-- For me, American Indian art reflects three-fold beauty:  the beauty of the art, the beauty of the materials, and the beauty of the artist's imagination. 


-- Here's a reason why I collect jewelry from The Indian Craft Shop: It's timeless; art I will wear tomorrow and for the rest of my life. I love the Shop!


-- I collect American Indian art because it makes me feel closer to creation and to people who demonstrate through their art an abiding appreciation for the natural world.


--Design, color and symbolism all merit a vote for wanting to collect American Indian Art, but it is more, it is the talent and attention to detail that is part of a great heritage that we all participate in and should support.


You may send your reasons by regular mail, email them to or place them in our 'Reasons Box' in the Shop. Of course, after we have our "75 Reasons to Collect American Indian Art," we will share all of them with you!


We thank you for supporting the arts and being a part of The Indian Craft Shop's history - past, present and future.




Yes, Spring is officially here and we have heard, due to the cooler weather and various conditions, that the new Peak Bloom time for Washington, DC's Cherry Blossom trees will be April 3 - 6 (instead of the previously reported dates!). 




In our 75th Year, The Indian Craft Shop is becoming Social Media, that is. Bear with us as we take our 'in-store social connections' that we feel so strongly with all of you and learn to deliver them through Social Media.


If you are on Facebook, Like us on Facebook, come 'like us' so you can watch how we progress.


We are now on Yelp, Find us on Yelp,  a site that directs people to points of interest and gives the opportunity for writing reviews.  We'd love to have you share your experiences.


Some of you may enjoy Pinterest, Find us on Pinterest, which allows you to post images and share your interests. We have just set up a page for The Indian Craft Shop; let us know what you think!


Throughout our evolution into this "Social Media" world, please let us know if you have suggestions or comments and, certainly, if you are enjoying it. You can email to let us know your thoughts about our efforts. We are working hard to bring the beauty and joy of American Indian art into people's lives and to 'get the word out' to benefit so many talented American Indian artists.




Spring is also an exciting time at the Shop, as brand new works arrive from artists who continue to amaze us all with their talent and creativity. We have been receiving packages throughout the month with new arrivals from Kathy Elk Woman Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara), Michael Na Na Ping Garcia (Pascua Yaqui), Bruce Hodgins (Navajo), and Lorenzo Shirley (Navajo); and many other new works are on their way to us.




If you're not able to visit the Shop, visit our Online Store to see our selection of work online OR you can also call or email and we will be happy to help you with ideas, work with special requests or email images and descriptions of items to you. We know schedules are busy and if you just can't make it in, be sure to ask what we can do to help bring art into your life!





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The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday, April 20th, from 10:00am - 4:00pm.  


Thank you for your continued support of the arts and we hope to see you soon!




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.


Upcoming Programs for the Interior Museum:   


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.


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.


For more information on the Interior Museum





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).


Interior Library Programs and Events: For complete information, visit

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In This Issue

75th Anniversary Year

Outdoor Sculpture Garden

What's New in the Shop

What's New In The Shop


Personal Shopping Services

News from the Interior Museum

News from the Interior Museum


Indian Craft Shop 
Retail Hours



Open on Saturday  

April 20, 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 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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