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The Indian Craft Shop

Indian Craft Shop in Washington DC

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During November, many organizations are recognizing National Native American Indian Heritage Month to celebrate the diverse heritage, history, art and traditions of the Native Peoples of this land.  We invite you to Celebrate the Arts with your family, friends and co-workers. 



Please join us at The Indian Craft Shop to meet our visiting artists and learn more about their artwork on November 16th and 17th from 12:00 noon - 4:00pm. Marian Hansson, Terry O'Brien and Kathy Whitman will be with us at the Shop each day.


Marian Hansson (Kiowa)


Marian Hansson (Kiowa) has spent a lifetime studying the dance customs, clothing and history of the Kiowa people. She has received national recognition for her clothing designs as well as her research and study of the Kiowa people. A former curator for the Museum Program for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, today she continues to create beautiful appliqué dance shawls, ribbon shirts and other textile and leather crafts.


Terrill Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk)


Terrill Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk) creates beaded amulet bags "one bead at a time" without ever duplicating a design. Created using the peyote stitch, they are made with a continuous beading technique. Each bag is individually designed, often with motifs or designs drawn from the Iroquois Nation as well as other cultures. 


Kathy Elk Woman Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara)


Kathy Elk Woman Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara) is a versatile artist creating sculpture, clothing and jewelry. Her innovative work includes flowing elements of nature including butterflies, dragonflies, flowers and river and water lines. In her work, she aims to connect people with the world around them. She is also recognized for her 'recycled line of work' that uses aluminum cans to create her sculpture and jewelry. 


Please join The Indian Craft Shop to welcome these talented guest artists from 12:00 noon - 4:00pm on November 16th and 17th - Celebrate the Arts!




New arrivals have continued to fill the Shop including weavings, jewelry, basketry, pottery and more! We are sure you will be as excited as we are seeing all the new items, and what better timing than during National Native American Indian Heritage Month as we "Celebrate the Arts" from across the country. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to celebrate the creativity of today's American Indian artists. We continually work to add new items to the online store - take a look at our recent new additions





A longtime favorite at the Shop, we have received many new walrus tusk ivory and whale bone carvings - our largest selection of the year! Yupik and Inupiat artists transform walrus ivory, baleen and whale bone into a variety of expressive figures. We have enjoyed organizing all of the carvings in groups accented by basketry and masks from a variety of artists.  Birds that are swimming, nesting, flying or simply perched include owls, eagles, a variety of loons, cormorants, geese, puffins and more; whales, walrus, otters, seals and a great variety of humans in action including kayakers, hunters and dancers fill our cases. We invite you to visit the shop to see the complete collection! We have also included a great selection of work on our Online Store - take a look! 


Learn more about the art of Alaska.




The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday, November 17 from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Meet guest artists from 12:00 noon - 4:00pm this Friday and Saturday! 


November is National Native American Indian Heritage Month!

Celebrate the creativity and livelihood of today's American Indian artists...creating basketry, textiles, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, beadwork and more...Celebrate the Arts!


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In This Issue

Celebrate National Native American Indian Heritage Month!

What's New in the Shop and Online

Alaskan Ivory Carvings

Reminder: Open Saturday, November 17

News from the Interior Museum

News from the Department of the Interior Library


Indian Craft Shop 
Retail Hours



Open on Saturday  

November 17, 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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