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The Indian Craft Shop

Indian Craft Shop in Washington DC

September 25, 2012Find us on Facebook







The fall season has arrived, a wonderful transition time from warmer to cooler weather, of changing colors in the vibrant fall foliage and landscapes, and a time of harvesting and gathering. It's a great time to visit the Shop: We are settled back in our original location and are building our selection of American Indian arts, filling the store with an artful fall bounty! We wish all of you a wonderful season and look forward to your visits, both in the Shop and online.




Following Indian Market and other summer shows, artists have been busy creating and we have been busy receiving new works in the Shop! 




New pottery arrivals include the latest creations from Glendora Fragua (Jemez), known for her polished and meticulously carved red, black and buff clay pottery; a classic, all white clay Pueblo jar with ladder by Wilfred Garcia (Acoma); charming clay storyteller animals by Dorothy Herrera (Cochiti); black and redware from Santa Clara Pueblo; and pottery by Harrison Begay, Jr. (Navajo), who creates highly polished and innovative carved clay pottery using Santa Clara clay and techniques. Much of the pottery is on our online store, so take a look.


New Jewelry arrivals include stone and shell bead necklaces by Lester Abeyta (Santo Domingo Pueblo), and new mosaic inlay necklaces and earrings by Charlene and Frank Reano (San Felipe and Santo Domingo Pueblos); sterling silver overlay and stamped jewelry by Charlie John (Navajo) as well as new jewelry by Artie Yellowhorse Designs.


Other new arts include new dolls from Jhane Myers (Comanche) and new woodwork and basketry from Erik Sappier (Penobscot).


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We are very excited to have Erik Sappier's work, as it has been quite a few years since his work has been in the Shop. Erik is noted for his exceptionally carved walking sticks, root clubs and talking sticks, and for his revival of traditional eastern woodlands designs. Using a very sharp blade, Erik carves his designs and patterns into Poplar wood with such detail, they almost appear as a tapestry in wood. We are especially honored to show his work as it carries on a Shop tradition of representing the work of the late Stanley Neptune, Sr. (Penobscot) and of Stan's son Stanley, 'Joe Hugga' Jr., with whom he studied and was mentored by. Erik has also been creating utilitarian basketry and we have just receive a pounded black ash 'pack basket,' which we have not had in quite a few years.


New arrivals expected will include work from Earl Plummer (Navajo), Michael Garcia (Pascua Yaqui) and an early arrival (perhaps mid-October) of a grand selection of walrus tusk ivory carvings from Alaska. And it is soon time for the fall IACA show, so this indeed is an exciting time at The Indian Craft Shop with new arrivals throughout the fall season.





Gloria and Artie Yellowhorse 

Artie and Gloria Yellowhorse (Navajo) will visit the Shop with their collection of jewelry on Friday October 12. We will be making our selection for the shop and invite you to come in and meet Artie and Gloria and see their full selection of jewelry. They will be in the Shop from 11:00am - 4:00pm. Their visits are always fun and they truly enjoy meeting you - it's so rewarding for them to see the joy that Artie Yellowhorse Designs jewelry brings to people, so come on in, wear your Yellowhorse jewelry and see all of the latest creations! Read more about the Yellowhorse family here.




Yes, the time does fly by and it is again the time to prepare for the upcoming holidays and new year! Come in and choose your 2013 wall calendar and bring the beauty of American Indian art to your office or home with a new image to enjoy each month of the year. We've received 2013 Wall Calendars and holiday cards so be sure to check out the selection on your next visit.




If you're not able to visit the Shop, visit our online store to see our selection of work; 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!




We are happy to develop layaway plans for you, as we know this is a great way to enable purchases that just might be too much to handle at one time - give us a call and we will help with a layaway plan that can work for you.





The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month from 10:00am - 4:00pm - our next third Saturday opening will be October 20. We look forward to seeing you!


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




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 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. 





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  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). 


For details on DOI Library programs, please visit http://library.doi.gov/

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In This Issue

We Welcome Fall!

What's New in the Shop

Meet Artie and Gloria Yellowhorse

2012 Calendars & Holiday Cards

Personal Shopping Services and Shopping Online

Our Layaway Plans


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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