American Indian Arts Marketplace
June 10 & 11, 2023
We look forward to welcoming you in June to celebrate contemporary and traditional Native art forms at the Autry Museum of the American West’s 32nd annual American Indian Arts Marketplace, where you can purchase one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, and fashion on the grounds of the Autry Museum, and attend live theatrical performances from Native Voices, the Autry’s resident theatre company.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Wells Fargo Theater
Indigenous Films from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival
Introduction by Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk) Director, Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program
The 2023 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is a 73-minute theatrical program featuring a short film followed by a feature-length film, both from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival program and from alumni of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program.
I AM HOME / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Kymon Greyhorse, Diné and Tongan. Producers: JoJo Threehairs, Ernest Hill) — As time goes on and the world around us shifts, we adapt and change. Although we might look different, deep down we are still the same. We are made from Mother Earth – mud, wood, love, and patience. Cast: Tiara Folsom.
Gush / U.S.A (Director, Screenwriter, and Producer: Fox Maxy, Payómkawichum and Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians) — An embodied rumination of both male and female power, healing and haunting, all within an apocalyptic world. A transformation that courses through unknown terror to untamed collective joy. Cast: Michel Sayegh, Ruth Fish, Sergio Mejia, Littlebear Sanchez, No’aash Iswut Peltier, Suavitel Paper.
Saturday and Sunday | In Heritage Court inside the museum, lower level
1:00 p.m. Wildhorse Singers and Dancers Since 1989, Wildhorse Native American Association has been assisting urban Native American children and adolescents with cultural preservation. Gather around the drum with these talented youths as they demonstrate traditional powwow dance styles and traditional songs.
2:00 p.m. Hoop Dance Workshop The art of hoop dance honors cultural traditions from multiple Indigenous communities that first employed hoop dance as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate, share, and honor Indigenous traditions. Try your skills in a workshop with world champion hoop dancer Terry Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip).
3:00 p.m. Wildhorse Singers and Dancers
4:00 p.m. Hoop Dancing with Terry Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip) and the Goedel Family See an extraordinary display of artistry, athleticism, and tradition in a multigenerational performance by renowned hoop dancers from the Goedel Family. Each dancer presents their own variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of tradition and culture.
Saturday and Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m. | Wells Fargo Theater
The Autry presents Native Voices 29th Festival of New Plays, an annual ten-day residency where playwrights are partnered with an artistic team, a dramaturg, and professional actors to explore their scripts in front of an audience at the Autry and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Readings run approximately 2 hours.
Central Standard Time by Maddox Pennington (Cherokee)
Saturday, June 10, 2:30 p.m.
After moving back to their family hometown in rural Oklahoma, Jay confronts chasms of generational and cultural differences in their hopes of contributing to their Nation and family. Jay’s reconnection istested by resistance from relatives, scrutiny at workbut most of all by an uncertainand shifting notion of home.
Comanche Girl on the Moon by Dustin Tahmahkera (Comanche)
Sunday, June 11, 2:30 p.m
Tired of being bullied at school, Petu discovers her late grandmother’s secret rocket ship on her family’s allotment in Oklahoma. Together with her humorous animal relatives and some eccentric interplanetary creatures, Petu plans to fly to the moon in search of a new start, but at what cultural cost to herself and her tribal community in Oklahoma?
Learn more at theAutry.org/NativeVoices.
EXPLORE THE MUSEUM
Admission to the museum is included with the ticket price, where you will find works on display that explore the visual diversity and excellence of Native American arts including pieces from California Native artists Rick Bartow (Wiyot), Gerald Clarke Jr. (Cahuilla Band of Indians), Harry Fonseca (Nisenan Maidu), River Garza (Tongva), Leah Mata Fragua (yak tityu yak tithini Northern Chumash), Cara Romero (Chemehuevi) and Fritz Scholder (Luiseño). See these and other works, contemporary and traditional, by Native artists from across the country, integrated throughout our galleries.
FAMILY PLAY SPACE
Drop by the Family Play Space in the museum lobby for hands on learning and be inspired to wonder, wander, and explore the many histories, cultural traditions, and magnificent landscapes of the American West!
Why the change in seasons?
Given that brush and forest fires have impacted the last two Marketplaces, there is no denying the impact climate change—and the extended fire season that is now autumn in Southern California—have had on this festival. Shifting this event to late spring will allow the festival to continue to grow and thrive, in a season and weather better suited for everyone’s comfort and enjoyment.
We look forward to welcoming you in June to celebrate contemporary and traditional Native art forms at the Autry Museum of the American West’s thirty-first annual American Indian Arts Marketplace where you can purchase one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, and fashion, and attend live theatrical performances from Native Voices, the Autry’s resident theatre company.