Eiteljorg Museum awards more than $26,000 to Native American artists at the 2012 Indian Market and Festival

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is proud to announce this year's Indian Market and Festival award winners. Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band) took top prize for her piece The Next Generation II.


Nammy-award winning group Brule, performed at the 20th Indian Market and Festival.

Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band) took top prize for her piece The Next Generation II at the 20th annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival where more than 100 awards were given to Native American artists.

Nationally-known judges Tony Abeyta (Navajo/Anglo), Anita Fields (Osage Nation), Marita Hinds (Tesuque Pueblo/ Tewa), Bryn Potter and Christy Vezolles (Shawnee) awarded more than $26,000 within ten divisions, including and the prestigious Best of Show. Other major awards include The Helen Cox Kersting Award, which is given to an artist whose work exemplifies the highest quality of execution and innovation within a traditional medium, and The Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award , which is acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

Best of Show
Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band)
The Next Generation II

Helen Cox Kersting Award
Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Corn Maiden #8

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Awards
Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), Fertility Blessing
Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Sioux), The Shawl

The following artists are the 2012 Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival division winners:

Painting, drawings, photography and prints
Nashon Russell (San Carlos Apache), Power from SunSculpture
Kathleen Wall (Jemez), Gifts from her Grandmother Dolls
Charlene Holy Bear (Standing Rock Sioux), A Lakota Man Jewelry
Alfred Joe (Navajo (Diné)), 14K Fluted, Textured Necklace Pottery
Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), A Full Summer Basketry
Cherish Parrish (Gun Lake Band), The Next Generation II Weavings and Textiles
Faye Lone (Tonawanda Seneca), Great Feather Dance

Cultural Items
Antonio Grant (Eastern Band Cherokee), One of the Highest Honors Beadwork
Todd Bordeaux (Sicangu-Lakota), Lone Dog Wintercount 1850-1877 Collaborations
Angie and Nate Reano (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Mosaic Hair Ornament with Turquoise Hair Pin

The Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival is one of the largest juried sale and shows of Native American art in the Midwest and has become a mainstay in the Indianapolis arts community, allowing the public to enjoy not only celebrated artwork, but a full cultural experience of authentic Native American foods, performances, art demonstrations and family activities

To be eligible to participate in the Indian Market and Festival, all entries must be handmade within the last two years by the artist entering the piece. Work must also be available for purchase during the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival, and must not include any part of a species of protected animal. To ensure the authenticity of the artwork and to protect the artists, all artists must provide documentation confirming that they are members of a state- or federally-recognized tribe.


The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. Through its Project New Moon campaign, the museum is attracting new audiences with dynamic new interpretations of its mission. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit http://www.eiteljorg.org.

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