Press Release: September 14, 2016

The Autry Presents the 26th Annual American Indian Arts Marketplace

Featuring Top-Tier Contemporary Native Artists, Performances, Demonstrations, Theatre, Food, and Film
November 12–13, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Los Angeles, CA (September 14, 2016)— Celebrate contemporary and traditional Native art forms at the Autry's 26th annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. Discover one-of-a-kind artwork for sale from 200 artists representing more than 40 tribes during the largest Native arts fair in Southern California. The weekend also includes performances, children’s activities, demonstrations, film screenings, and theatre.

The Marketplace offers something for everyone, with top artists from across the country selling sculptures, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, and 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.

Activities include performances by Native dancers, musicians, and storytellers, plus artist demonstrations and hands-on crafts. On Saturday evening, a festival of short documentary films by Native filmmakers will be presented in partnership with Sundance Institute and UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center. On Sunday, join the Native Voices Artists Ensemble for the Native Voices Sixth Annual Short Play Festival: Take Back the Land.

Beyond the Marketplace tent, try light and fluffy fry bread from the acclaimed Auntie’s Fry Bread. The Autry’s cafe, 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 12, 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 12 and 13, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Free for Autry Members / $14 Nonmembers / $10 Students (with ID) and Seniors (60+) / $6 Children (3–12)

The largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, this high-end marketplace features 200 artists representing more than 40 tribes 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.

Family Activity

Autry Explorers: The Art of Nature

Saturday and Sunday, November 12–13, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Included With Marketplace Admission / Free for Autry Members
No Reservations Necessary

Through this exploration with master storyteller Jacque Tahuka-Nunez (Ajachemen) and UCLA Faculty and architectural researcher Gabriel Fries-Briggs, discover how natural materials create beautiful works of art and architecture.

Film and Theatre

Sundance Institute and UCLA American Indian Studies Center Present: Native Documentary Shorts

Saturday, November 12, 5:30 p.m.

Free Admission / Reservations Recommended

See a selection of short documentaries by Sundance alumni. Representing diverse tribal nations, these films explore Native identity and cultural evolution in a rapidly changing world. Light reception to follow.

Native Voices Sixth Annual Short Play Festival: Take Back the Land

Sunday, November 13, 1:30 p.m.

Included With Marketplace Admission / Space Is Limited
Early Arrival Is Suggested

Native American playwrights from across the United States explore environmental issues such as climate change and pollution, legal debates surrounding borders and resources, and personal and spiritual connections to land. One of these plays will receive the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award, a $1,000 cash prize!

Performances

Music and Dance by Shelley Morningsong (Northern Cheyenne) and Fabian Fontenelle (Zuni/Omaha)

Saturday and Sunday, November 12–13, 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Included with Marketplace Admission / Free for Autry Members
No Reservations Necessary

Shelley Morningsong combines rich vocals with guitar and Native flute performances in her four award-winning Native American contemporary albums. A founding member of the American Indian Dance Theatre, Fabian Fontenelle adds a beautiful element to their performance with his traditional Northern Plains style dancing, storytelling, and drumming.

Southern California Cultural Performances With Toveema

Saturday and Sunday, November 12–13, 2:45 p.m.

Included with Marketplace Admission / Free for Autry Members
No Reservations Necessary

Experience Southern California’s indigenous Coastal Maritime culture with songs, dance and storytelling. Named after the entity Toveema, the first dancer, singer, and keeper of the land of the Tongva, this group of Tongva and Kumeyaay descent shares the traditions and cultural origins of the Los Angeles Basin and beyond.

Hoop Dancing With Terry Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip)

Saturday and Sunday, November 12–13, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Included with Marketplace Admission / Free for Autry Members
No Reservations Necessary

During performances, dancers incorporate speed and agility as they manipulate their bodies through multiple hoops. See an extraordinary performance by Terry Goedel, a world-champion hoop dancer raised on the Tulalip Indian Reservation.

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 $14 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and students (with valid 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 Edison International, Los Angeles magazine, The Nissan Foundation, and Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.

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 of Native American materials in the United States.

Hours
Museum and Autry Store: Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads West Cafe:
Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The museum, store, and cafe are closed on Mondays. Visit TheAutry.org for more information.

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