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MARCH 2015

Open on Saturday,
March 21, 2015
 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Indian Craft Shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m., and the third Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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 closer 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, Orange, and Silver 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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Come on in and join us while we all celebrate the arrival of spring!  Spring


Spring is Here! 

Spring is arriving! Greenery is beginning to appear, daylight is longer, outdoor activities abound, and we will soon see the blooming cherry blossom trees that make our Nation's Capital such a beautiful place to visit and live!  The National Cherry Blossom Festival starts Friday, March 20th and runs through April 12th with a projected 'Peak Bloom' time April 11-14th. For more information and history of this annual event, visit


We wish all of you a wonderful springtime and hope you enjoy the seasonal changes as much as we do. We're open this Saturday, March 21st (the third Saturday this month), and look forward to seeing you! As always, if you can't make it in, visit our online store.


WHAT'S NEW?! NewArt 


Springtime is when we buy for the Shop, so you can expect to see new jewelry and arts arriving over the next few months. We've recently received new birch bark trays/baskets from Robert Radka (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), new jewelry from Charlene and Frank Reano (San Felipe and Santo Domingo/Kewa) and Ronnie Henry (Navajo), and a wonderful selection of inlay pendants and earrings by Jim Poyer (Navajo). 

Birch Bark Basketry by Robert Radka

New Pendants by Jim Poyer, Charlene & Frank Reano and Mitchell Zephier Designs


We have also received work by a few Lakota artists including jewelry by brothers Mitchell Zephier and Roger Herron (Lower Brule) and some beautiful elk hide parfleche bags and envelopes decorated with earthen paints made by Brent Espinosa (Oglala Lakota).


Parfleche Containers

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 

Heard Indian Market Awards!

We congratulate everyone exhibiting at the 2015 Heard Indian Market in March and wanted to make mention of a few of the artists that we represent here at The Shop who won Division Awards for their work. 

Vernon A. Begaye, Navajo, won second place for his "Navajo Warrior" Bolo Tie and Alfred Joe, Navajo, received an Honorable Mention for his Mokume Bead Necklace (both awards in the Jewelry and Lapidary Division A - Personal Adornment, Necklaces, Bolos, Pendants). See some of the current work of Vernon Begaye and Al Joe online.

Charlene Sanchez Reano, San Felipe/Santo Domingo Pueblos, came in first place for her thunderbird-designed mosaic inlay necklace (Division E - Shell and stone jewelry, including heishi and mosaic-style jewelry). See current works by Charlene and Frank Reano online.


Katrina Mitten, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, received an Honorable Mention for her "Kiihsoohkwa and the Little People" (Diverse Art Forms, Division B - Personal attire and accessories with a predominance of beads or quillwork) and an Honorable Mention for her "Miyaamiaki - The Ten Original Clans of Myaamia" (Division E - Culturally based work, both traditional and decorative, inspired by tradition, e.g. bandolier bags, pipes, hide paintings, parfleche items, tablitas, masks). See Katrina Mitten's current works online.


See the complete list of award winners at The Heard 2015.




 APRIL 2015 

Spring Buying Trip to the Southwest! If you have any special requests, please email or give us a call at (202) 208-4056 -- send your requests or special shopping needs by April 20th!



Join us in welcoming Artie Yellowhorse and Glendora Fragua for our Spring Trunk Jewelry and Pottery show on May 15th and 16th.  It's always a great time to add a piece of this timeless, classic jewelry and beautiful, innovative pottery to your own collections.  We look forward to seeing you!  

JUNE 15-26, 2015 

Highlighting Pollinators Depicted in American Indian Art in recognition of National Pollinator Week (June 15-21, 2015) 



The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 21st, from

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Have a wonderful spring season and thank you for your continued support of the arts!



Upcoming Program:  Abraham Lincoln's Assassination


 April 1, 2015 - 1:15pm - 2:15pm Rachel Carson Room, Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site Education Coordinator Eric Martin will discuss the motivation behind Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Discussion in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 11, 1865. 


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

On Exhibit through 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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