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September 2015

"A fabulous display of the art and other products of so many Indian nations and cultures. What a treasure!"
Sally and John (Iowa) 2015


Here's a recent visitor (a bracelet!) from the Past! A longtime customer brought in her bracelet purchased in the 1980s - in great condition, too! AND, with the original certification cards we used at that time; we were thrilled!

Open on Saturday,
September 19, 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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As the summer season draws to a close, we embrace the coming of fall with its cooler temperatures, the beautiful changing colors of the landscape and, here at the Shop, our busy time of gathering and receiving new arts and crafts!  We wish all of you a great beginning to the fall season and look forward to seeing you in the Shop, talking with you on the phone 202-208-4056 and via emailand hearing about your virtual visits.

The Summer Season is just about over...but for this guy, the Golf Season may never end! (Cowboy and Sheep in Golf Cart by Delbert Buck) 

We have so enjoyed the arrival of fetish carvings (and more to come!) and Vernon Begaye's jewelry, and we look forward to receiving new kachina dolls (any day!). Carvings from Alaska are expected in late October/early November and more new works will be arriving throughout the fall. As always, we will continue to add new items to the online store-be sure to check our New Additions page often!

We have started to fill our fall event calendar, have had fun with our social media outreach and and have enjoyed arranging displays. As always, we are just plain ol' excited to be working as "connectors of the arts" and to be surrounded by the beauty.

We extend congratulations to all of this August's Santa Fe Indian Market award winners and also thank all artists who exhibit at this show, the IFAM (Indigenous Fine Arts Market) show, and all outlying events and gallery shows during Indian Market week!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the Best of Show Winner Carol Emarthle-Douglas for her amazing basket entitled "Cultural Burdens"! Carol was The Indian Craft Shop's Artist of the Month in October 2003; she was creating with great innovation even then, with her eye-catching designs and variety of materials, and she is an exceptional basket maker.

Carol's winning piece at Indian Market this year, "Cultural Burdens," depicts figures/people of different tribal nations carrying basketry of different styles, each woven in different techniques and materials. CONGRATULATIONS, Carol! We have been privileged to represent you and are so excited for you!
For a complete list of SWAIA's 2015 Market Award Winners, visit

See Carol's 2003 Indian Craft Shop Artist of the Month Bio here.

Whether you live in the D.C. area or are a visitor, it's well worth your while to check out "Where" Washington, D.C. magazine! Museum exhibits, what's happening around town, great restaurants, neighborhood highlights and more are included in the printed monthly periodical and their online issues. We are so happy to be a part of the online "Where Traveler" magazine with a spotlight and hope you will check it out!  You can even sign up for news about the cities you travel to most and receive all the latest event and exhibit information from "Where Traveler." 

If you are somewhat familiar with American Southwestern art, you undoubtedly are familiar with or have heard of Kokopelli. Referred to frequently as the hunchbacked flute player, images of Kokopelli may have first appeared on petroglyphs in the American Southwest as early as A.D. 500 - 750. The profusion of paintings and rock art depictions found throughout the area imply that he traveled far and wide and was well-known to many.

Various legends and stories also portray him as a trickster, a wandering Casanova, a fertility symbol, a deity and a traveling
salesman. To this day, you can find Kokopelli symbolized through various art forms such as pottery, jewelry, basketry, sculpture and more! Whatever you believe he was or want him to be, why not let his charismatic image adorn your next piece of American Indian art?

"Native American Animal Stories" told by Joseph Bruchac - Just in time for back-to-school, this is a great collection of stories from a variety of tribal nations and is also a great book for all ages to enjoy together. "How the Butterflies Came to Be," "How the Fawn Got His Spots," "The Boy and His Rattlesnake," "The Rabbit Dance" and "Salmon Boy" are just a few of the stories told by Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki heritage, who has won several awards for his writings and education. At the back of the book, there is information on the tribal nations from which the stories derive.

These stories first appeared in "Keepers of the Animals: Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children" by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac. 

Visit our online store to see our current selection of 
children's books. 


September 19th - It's our Third Saturday of the month -
Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and we look forward to seeing you!

October 2 -11th - American Craft Week - 
Get out and Buy American Crafts!
Artists, businesses, galleries, schools, organizations and towns all across the country are joining to promote the awareness and appreciation of Buying American Handmade! Show your support and add a piece to your own collection, or find as a gift for someone else. Learn more about American Craft Week

October 14th - Artie Yellowhorse Designs Jewelry Show
Join us in welcoming Artie Yellowhorse for a fun-filled day hosting a trunk jewelry show showing her latest designs and jewelry. Artie will be in the Shop from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. See current works on our online store and learn more about 

October 19 - 23 - Highlight on Pollinators Depicted in the Arts -
Take 10% off any arts with pollinator relationship!*
During the week of October 19-23, take 10% off any art that depicts a pollinator, is made with material from plants that rely on pollinators or is in the fashion of a fruit or plant that relies on pollinators! This event is in honor of the Annual Meetings of NAPPC (National Association of Pollinator Partnership Campaign) hosted at the U.S. Department of the Interior for 2015. Learn more about

*Bronzes and certain items are excluded.

November 8 - 15th - Rock Your Mocs - Across the Nation
What started as a one-day occurrence is now a weeklong event! Join in and celebrate a time to learn about cultures through footwear, where Native people across the world wear their moccasins as a way to recognize Tribal individuality and celebrate National Native American Heritage Month. Pull on your own mocs and share your photos!

November 13th - Guest Artist - Kachina Doll Carving Demonstration - TINO YOUVELLA (Hopi)

Tino Youvella joins the Shop with his wife Geraldine as they showcase their kachina doll carvings created by Tino and painted by Geraldine. Meet Geraldine and Tino during the day from noon - 4 p.m.

November 18 - 21st - NAVAJO RUG SHOW with Special Guests November 20th and 21st

A grand selection of Navajo weavings including classic patterns and more will be available from November 18-21.  Hillary and Kent Morrow of Shiprock, NM will be special guests on November 20 - 21 from noon - 4 p.m. each day.

November 20 - 21st - Guest Artist EARL PLUMMER (Navajo)

Award winning Master Jeweler Earl Plummer will be our special guest with his latest designs in jewelry featuring exceptional lapidary work and meticulous silverwork techniques. 

Visit our online store to see our current works and visit the Shop in person to see our full selection of work. As always, we are happy to send images or help over the phone - just let us know!

Currently on View:
DOI Pop! On Air, On Screen & In Print explores the intersection of the Department of the Interior with popular culture, highlighting classic examples from the early 1900s to the present from across its bureaus. Visitors will see how the Department's people and places have influenced American identity and figured into television shows, feature films and bestselling publications. From silent films and animated cartoons to blockbuster hits and novels, visitors will discover just how often America's public lands, wildlife refuges and national parks-and even the headquarters building in Washington, DC-have been cast in memorable supporting roles. With historical artifacts and iconic imagery, the exhibition also illustrates how the Department itself has enlisted icons of pop culture for help in publicizing its missions over the years.

Museum hours:  Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(closed Federal holidays)

Upcoming Programs:
Rock Creek Park: The Preservation of an Urban National Park 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.;
Rachel Carson Room

Rock Creek Park, established in 1890, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2015. The struggle and eventual success in establishing this naturalistic oasis within the Nation's capital, one of the earliest federal urban parks, is a testament to the vision of park planners and politicians at the end of the 19th century. The efforts of park planners to protect the Rock Creek Valley and Rock Creek Park for the enjoyment of all visitors continues today. This presentation provides an introduction to the early planning efforts for Rock Creek Park and the evolution of its development in protecting the natural environment in an urban park setting

Special AssistanceFor 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.

Building Access - All adults must present a photo ID to enter the building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.

Location The Rachel Carson Room is located next to the basement cafeteria of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of
the Interior Building.

For More information on the Interior Museum and its programs,
call 202-208-4743 or visit

The Indian Craft Shop | Department of the Interior | 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 | 202.208.4056