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The Indian Craft Shop

Indian Craft Shop in Washington DC

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We invite you to visit The Indian Craft Shop on May 10 and 11 from 12:00 noon-4:00PM to meet visiting artists and learn more about their artwork. Victoria Mitchell and Terry O'Brien will be in both days (May 10 & 11) and Artie and Gloria Yellowhorse will join us on May 11.


We are honored to have their visits and are excited about the diverse work they will be exhibiting, a showing of the very traditional to the very contemporary, all together! This is a great time to come in, too, right before Mother's Day and graduation ceremonies -- it's the perfect time for a gift.


We wish all of you a wonderful May and an enjoyable spring!




Terrill Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk) and Victoria Mitchell (Cherokee) will be in the Shop on Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 from 12:00 noon - 4:00PM. 


Victoria Mitchell is a native Oklahoman who learned traditional Woodlands pottery making from her mother, Anna Belle Sixkiller Mitchell.  Living on a ranch, Victoria digs and processes all of her own local clay and hand-builds her vessels in the coil method.Her tools are traditional, natural materials such as river cane sticks, smooth river stones, bone utensils, horn scrapers, gourd necks and hand-made wooden paddles for smoothing. She uses traditional Cherokee designs that are stamped into the clay with her own stamps and those that belonged to her mother.


Terry O'Brien creates exquisite beaded amulet bags that can be worn as necklaces or displayed as fine art. These amulet bag necklaces are made from beads that are created "one bead at a time," with no fabric backing. Terry uses a flat gourd stitch known as the "peyote stitch," with the necklace portion beaded as a continuous piece from the bag. All of Terry's bags are individually designed; each bag given its own identity, name and number, building upon the order and sequence of their creation. She is now up to #600; going through our records, we see that over 10 years ago we had bags in the #100s! Every fiftieth bag created by Terry honors strawberries, and we are fortunate to have #600 in the Shop -- it is entitled Heavenly Day. See Terry's new works online. Her work is both traditional and contemporary - and is wonderful, wearable art! We hope you can come in person to meet Terry and see her full selection. 


Artie & Gloria Yellowhorse (Navajo) will be in the Shop on Friday, May 11 from 12:00 noon till 4:00PM.


Known for their creative designs, high quality stones and excellence in fabrication, Sisters Artie and Gloria Yellowhorse return with a full selection of their latest collection of jewelry. Born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, they are part of the Towering Horse Clan and are third generation silversmiths. Artie Yellowhorse Designs include classic round and oval designs in plain silver or set with a variety of materials including turquoise, spiny oyster shell, amber, lapis and jasper.




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. We hope you can come in person to see their full selection of jewelry, but if you're not able to visit, you can see a selection of their work on our online store.




We have new work in the Shop from some of your favorite artists as well as some who are new to us. We hope you can visit, as we truly enjoy seeing you! We will work on adding new items to our online store, so if you are not local and can't make it in, keep an eye on our New Additions Page.


Introducing the work of Jhane Meyers (Comanche)- We are so excited and honored to have just begun working with Jhane Meyers, who transforms her Blackfeet and Comanche heritage into permanent art forms. We have received her signature Northern Plains and Southern Plains dressed dolls as well as her sterling silver, brass and copper Identity Dress pendants.


Navajo artist Manalisa Camarena has sent necklaces and earrings in the traditional design of The Navajo Wedding Basket.  Using silk thread wrapped around a base of florist wire, she weaves her miniature baskets, which are then finished with a hardener to retain their shape.  We have pins, earrings and necklaces in a variety of versions of the Navajo Ceremonial Basket, including the traditional design (often referred to as the Wedding Basket), her Butterfly basket pattern, and some with the American flag. Manalisa also creates miniature baskets in doll house sizes, so be sure to peek in our Miniature Indian Craft Shop on your next visit. Manalisa believes in keeping traditional ways and she does this through her basketry. We have a selection of Manalisa's work on our online store.


Harold Brummett (Seminole) and his wife Colline (Choctaw) have been working with metal for over 27 years.  Both welders by trade, they began creating metal art in the late 1990s.   Colline specializes in the heat treatment that brings a beautiful array of colors to the steel.  We have just recently received a new order from Harold including wolves, buffalos, turtles, horses, and small and large feathers decorated with rawhide and beads.  Harold is also known for his metal shields, and a turtle shield with four feathers has arrived in the Shop.



JUNE, 2012  


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 on June 14 from 12 noon - 3:00PM. 



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 3,200 hallmark entries on June 14, from 12 noon - 3:00PM.


(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 from the American Indian Art Series: 15,000 Native Artists Honored from 1:00PM - 2:00PM.


Here, you can see the complete Calendar of Events for May and June.





The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday, May 19, from 10:00AM- 4:00PM.

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In This Issue

Guest Artists

What's New In The Shop

Book Signing Events



Indian Craft Shop
Retail Hours

Open on Saturday  

May 19, 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