Monday, May 12, 2008

Indian Market and Festival at the Eiteljorg

I got a brochure in the mail today for the 16th annual Indian Market and Festival at the Eiteljorg Museum, and it looks like a great opportunity to learn more about Native American art and culture. According to the brochure, the event features 140 artists from 60 tribes, as well as a number of music and dance performances.

The best part, however, might be the family activity areas, which offer some interesting hands-on learning opportunities. You can learn to make everything from abalone shell necklaces and trade bead bracelets to old-style Miwok-type dolls and Inuit finger masks. You can also watch artists make pottery and drums, learn a traditional dance and sit in on story time. With so much to do, it's impossible not to walk away with a richer understanding of Native American culture.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 21-22. Cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

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