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October 6, 2014

Meeting Artie Yellowhorse at the Shop

Open on Saturday,
October 18, 2014

The Indian Craft Shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, and the third Saturday of the month from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The Shop is closed on federal holidays.
A photo ID is needed for entrance to the building. During weekdays, visitors may use either the C Street or E Street entrances (E Street is closed for Metro riders). Handicap access ramps are available at both entrances. During Saturday hours, visitors must use the C Street entrance.
Public Transportation
Farragut West (Blue and Orange Line) and Farragut North (Red Line) are the closest metro stops. It is a six-block walk, or you can ride an 80 or S1 bus to 19th and C streets. There is metered parking on the street and several parking lots within a few blocks.
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 As we say a fond farewell to a most beautiful summer in our Nation's Capital, we also say hello to a charming season of color and metamorphosis. Autumn is a time of endings and quiescence, but there is a palpable anticipation as the plants begin to go dormant and prepare to sleep so that they can re-emerge in the spring, stronger and more vibrant. Here at the Indian Craft Shop, we view this season of expectation as a time of change -- we are renewing our purchasing outreach and receiving new works of art, filling the Shop for the season so that we may provide a valuable showcase for our artists and bring a great selection to all of you. We look forward to your visits in the Shop and our online store and wish all of you a beautiful fall season!




We welcome Artie Yellowhorse back to the Shop this month! Artie Yellowhorse's family is renowned for their quality of craftsmanship, their distinctive signature designs, and the development of a successful American Indian handmade jewelry business. Using a wide variety of stones and materials in their work, their long dedication to the art of jewelry making is evidenced in the fabrication of each piece. The silversmith tradition began with Artie's grandfather, Cuthair Yellowhorse, who worked primarily in turquoise and silver; while known today for the "Rising Sun" designs, timeless Yellowhorse pieces can be thought of as heritage artwork and can be worn at any age and for nearly any event. The Yellowhorse family specializes in sterling silver and American turquoise, but they do not limit themselves and have used materials as diverse as lapis, spiny oyster shell, petrified wood and pearls. Learn more about Artie Yellowhorse designs.




As always, style and quality go hand-in-hand with Yellowhorse family jewelry designs. The family takes joyful pride in continuing a legacy of bringing beauty to people and helping them to understand the Navajo concept of Walk with Beauty.


Please join us in welcoming Artie Yellowhorse on Friday, October 10 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. See current works on our online store.


The Shop is having an invasion of sorts at the moment. Hopi katsina dolls have arrived -- they are currently on display in the Shop and are being added to the website. Long considered collector's items, katsina dolls can sometimes be out of reach for the casual collector. Our recently-arrived assortment, however, includes many smaller, reasonably-priced pieces that can easily fit into anyone's home and budget. Each doll is exquisitely carved from cottonwood root and then detailed with fine carving and a variety of paints. We have also received a few "old style" dolls that are more static in their stances and are accessorized with feathers and muted paints. If there are any katsina doll requests for certain animals or figures, please send an email to and we will be happy to add you to our call list!




While katsinas play a role in many of the Pueblo societies, the Hopi are the most noted and prolific today in katsina doll carving as an art form. Central to the traditional religion of the Hopi people of Northern Arizona are Kachinas/Katsinas -- supernatural beings relied upon to provide rain, fertility, health and well-being. Each year in elaborate ceremonies, men of the Hopi villages dress and mask themselves for ritualized dances to represent and call upon the different Katsinas. Katsina dolls are carved from cottonwood root and have long been used to instruct Hopi children in the ways of the traditional religious cycles, and to help them learn to identify the hundreds of different beings. The carvings convey the movement of the dancer, and characteristics of the mask, dress and accessories. In addition to katsina dolls, Hopi artists also carve figures from Hopi mythology and folklore, as well as figures from other Pueblos. Learn more about the arts of the Hopi.

We hope you can visit to see our full selection in the Shop. You may also email and check out our selection of Hopi katsina dolls online.



We've also been adding to our fetish carving selection and have a wonderful new selection of glass fetish carvings by Leland Boone from the Zuni Pueblo that are sure to brighten anyone's day! Yes, carvers are utilizing many materials (as are many artists today!), bringing a whole new life to artwork and an array of colors not usually seen. Come visit to see our latest arrivals and check out a sampling of fetish carvings on our online store.



A new selection of mosaic inlay work has arrived from Charlene and Frank Reano (San Felipe and Santo Domingo/Kewa) and inlay jewelry from Ola Eriacho (Zuni), and we will be expecting more metal wall art from Harold and Colline Brummett (Seminole and Choctaw).  AND, we are very excited and waiting with anticipation for a very full selection of carvings from Alaska!  These carvings are expected by early November - if you would like a call or notification when new works arrive, give us a call at 202-208-4056 or email and we will be sure to accommodate!




OCTOBER 3 - 12, 2014

Get ready to celebrate! From October 3-12, it's American Craft Week. All across the country, the people who make, sell, and exhibit handmade items invite you into their studios, galleries, and festivals so you can see their creations firsthand.

Click on the picture above for more information!

Supporting America's craftspeople and products is so important. When we buy these beautifully made items, we are investing in our country's traditions and enriching our own lives. The economic advantages are staggering, from creating local jobs to building creative, lively communities.

Enjoy American Craft Week and the exquisite handmade work  of American craftsmen!


The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month.  We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


We wish all of you a wonderful fall season!

We look forward to seeing you and we thank you for your continued support of the arts. 


Join us for a special Saturday (October 18) open house at the Interior Museum. Catch POSTERity: WPA's Art Legacy and America's Public Lands, a visually stunning retrospective of screen-printed national park posters from the 1930s to the present--including six rare originals.

Plus, it's the last day to view See America, a traveling exhibition featuring 50 posters by 46 different artists depicting natural, cultural and historical sites across the country. Hands-on activity: in the WPA tradition, silk screen your own autumn-themed greeting cards from 10am - 3pm (while supplies last).


POSTERity: WPA's Art Legacy and America's Public Lands

On view April 8, 2014 - Spring 2015


From 1938 to 1941, the National Park Service employed artists via the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to produce silk screened promotional posters for national park sites. The U.S. Department of the Interior Museum has united for the first time six WPA originals and a full complement of the contemporary designs by Doug Leen which follow the tradition of the WPA poster project, for this visually stunning retrospective. Featured are nearly 50 classic posters associated with 36 national parks, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Interior Museum.


Many visitors have inquired whether the images within the Interior Museum's POSTERity exhibition are commercially available. 



Yes! Ranger Doug's Enterprises ( is the source for faithful silkscreen reproductions of WPA National Park serigraphs. Note cards and postcards are also available. Products from Ranger Doug's Enterprises are 100% made in the USA, and the company annually donates 1% of its gross sales back to the National Parks.


Discover the art and architecture that made the Main Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The Interior Museum Murals Tour lasts an hour and visits photographic murals by Ansel Adams and many of the over fifty murals by artists including Maynard Dixon, Allan Houser, Gifford Beal, and John Steuart Curry.


Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. and by appointment for groups over six. Reservations required for all tours by calling 202-208-4743.

Special Assistance - For those in need of special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the accessible entrance, please notify museum staff at 202-208-4743 in advance of the program.  Special needs will be accommodated whenever possible.


The Interior Museum - For more information

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