Press Release: October 11, 2019

Unique Jewelry, Fashion, and Art Found Nowhere Else in Los Angeles: The Autry's Annual American Indian Arts Marketplace

Featuring Top-Tier Contemporary Native Artists, Performances, Demonstrations, Theatre, Food, and Film

November 9–10, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA (October 11, 2019)—Celebrate contemporary and traditional Native art forms at the Autry Museum of the American West’s annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. Discover one-of-a-kind artwork for sale from 200 artists representing more than 40 tribal nations during the largest Native arts fair in Southern California. Over a weekend celebration of visual and performing arts, the Autry will host artistic expressions of Native American poetry, dance, and the annual Short Play Festival from Native Voices, the Autry’s resident theatre company.

The Marketplace offers something for everyone, with top artists from across the country selling sculptures, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, mixed-media works, and more. The Marshall McKay and Sharon Rogers-McKay Juried Competition will award 22 prizes in 11 categories, as well as a Best of Show prize and the Jackie Autry Purchase Award. In honor of the many Native American Veterans who have served this country, the Autry will offer free admission for all active military personnel and veterans (with ID).

Cultural activities will take place across the Autry’s campus. On Saturday and Sunday, the Native Voices Artists Ensemble presents the Native Voices Ninth Annual Short Play Festival: Bones, Bingo, & Blackjack. WAGING WORDS, presented and curated by Pamela J. Peters, brings readings by three Indigenous female poets to the Autry galleries. Visitors of all ages can learn to hoop dance with Terry Goedel, a world-champion hoop dancer raised on the Tulalip Indian Reservation, and create hands-on crafts with Jacque Tahuka Nunez, a tribal descendant of the Acjachemen Nation.

Artist demonstrators will include representatives from the California Indian Basketweavers Association who will share the rich history and tradition of basketweaving in California, and glass blowing by Hopi artist Ramson Lometewama. The Chumash Maritime Association will showcase a traditional plank canoe (tomol) on the festival grounds, and artist Rex “Wambli Sapa” Carolin will raise a Lakota tipi.

Beyond the Marketplace tent, try light and fluffy fry bread from the acclaimed Wildhorse Café. The Autry’s restaurant, Crossroads West, will also be open, offering a full menu that honors the unique culinary traditions and flavors of the American West.

Weekend Schedule

Shopping
Members Preview Sale

Saturday, November 9, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
For Autry Members Only

Autry members shop early from a selection of the finest in contemporary and traditional works.

American Indian Arts Marketplace
Saturday and Sunday, November 9–10, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, this high-end marketplace features 200 artists representing more than 40 tribal nations from across the country. Browse and buy sculptures, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, and mixed-media works from established and emerging artists.

Theatre
Native Voices Ninth Annual Short Play Festival: Bones, Bingo, & Blackjack

Saturday and Sunday, November 9–10, 1:30 p.m.
Included With Marketplace Admission / Space Is Limited / Early Arrival Is Suggested

Join Native Voices for readings of clever, funny, and thoughtful 10-minute plays exploring this year's theme, “Bones, Bingo, & Blackjack,” as playwrights investigate how gaming impacts relationships, power, and life itself in Native communities. Although gaming has brought both prosperity and problems to Indian country in modern times, it began hundreds of years ago when the winning bet could mean life or death. One of these plays will receive the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award.

Poetry
WAGING WORDS: Poetry by Indigenous Women

Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, 11:00 a.m.–Noon

Presented and curated by Pamela J. Peters (Navajo), an Indigenous multimedia documentarian from the Navajo Reservation currently residing in Los Angeles. Her work, which she calls “Indigenous Realism,” explores the lives and diversities of contemporary American Indians, not artifacts of a stereotypically imagined past. Poets Emily Clarke (Cahuilla) and Megan Dorame (Tongva) will read selected works in a response to exhibitions in the Autry galleries.

Performances
All Performances Are Included With Marketplace Admission / Free for Autry Members

No Reservations Necessary

Hoop Dance Workshop With Terry Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip)
Saturday and Sunday, November 9–10 Learn the art of hoop dancing from Terry Goedel, a world-champion hoop dancer raised on the Tulalip Indian Reservation, and his family.

Cultural Performances With the Wildhorse Native American Association
Saturday and Sunday, November 9–10

Enjoy contemporary and traditional dance inside the museum by the Wildhorse Native American Association. Generations of Native Americans have developed a variety of dances for many kinds of occasions, and dance continues to be an important part of Native American culture. Join us at the stage to hear stories and experience the beauty of these cultural performances. 

On Display

  • Traditional plank canoe or tomol brought by the Chumash Maritime Association
  • Lakota tipi, created by artist Rex "Wambli Sapa" Carolin (Lakota)

Marketplace Admission

Admission includes all public events and museum entry. The Marketplace is free for Autry members. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and students (with valid ID), Free for active military personnel and veterans (with ID), $6 for children ages 3–12, and free for children age 3 and younger.

For more information about the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry, visit TheAutry.org/Marketplace.

Sponsors American Indian Arts Marketplace is sponsored by Jackie Autry • David Cartwright • The Corcillo Family • Snowdy Dodson • Leslie Lassiter • Sharon Rogers McKay and Marshall McKay • The Nissan Foundation • Suzette and Leonard Pape • Anita and Walter Plummer • Jodie and Jim Rea • Douglas Routh • Brenda, Gary, and Hayley Ruttenberg • Lora A. and Robert U. Sandroni • Sidney Stern Memorial Trust • Lynn and Stephen Valbuena • Mary Beth and W. Richard West, Jr. • David L. Williams

IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

About the Autry Museum of the American West

The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theatre, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant in the United States. Visit TheAutry.org for more information.