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June 2016
Highlighting Pollinators in American Indian Art 

What's New Online and In the Shop

Our Recent Art Show with a New Artist Debut

In Memoriam - Tony Eriacho, Jr.

 Display Ideas in Your Home and Office

"What a happy find! From northern VT to DC - just to find this great shop. Thanks." Barbara

A Page From The Past
I remember when... this book came out! This was one of the early great books on the Zuni families of fetish carvers, the carvings and the materials used in carving. Originally published in 1990; Revised Edition, 1995. Take a look at page 60 for the young budding artists of the Quandelacy family and page 64 for Colvin and Claudia Peina just for starters. Oh, so young!
We have two current copies of this book left in the Shop, click here to see them.

Open on Saturday,
June 18, 2016
 10 a.m.- 4 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 a.m. to 4 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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JUNE IS HERE - We've seen a flurry of graduations and offer congratulations to all! Father's Day also falls in June, this year on Sunday, June 19th, so be sure to remember all the dads and father figures in your life.

Perhaps a belt buckle for the dad on your list?

June also brings the start of the summer season, vacation time, longer days, outside activities (perhaps berry picking?) and for us at the Shop, our annual recognition of National Pollinator Week with a special highlight on pollinators in the arts (more information below).
We hope all of you find enjoyable ways to embrace the summer season and look forward to seeing you in the Shop or online.

In recognition of National Pollinator Week (June 20 - 26, 2016)
Special 15% discount on any craft or jewelry item that depicts a pollinator or plant that relies on pollination*

American Indian artists honor elements of the living world, capturing their beauty and significance in many art forms. As National Pollinator Week is celebrated, take a moment to discover Pollinators and American Indian Art.This year the Shop will be celebrating for two weeks, from June 13-24, and offers  15% off items depicting pollinators or the plants they pollinate.*
*Bronzes, books, publications, select sculpture, jewelry and certain consignment items are excluded.

Butterflies, hummingbirds and bees are what you might think of as pollinators, but did you also know that bats, squirrels, mice and beetles do their share of pollinating? To learn about pollinators and what you can do to encourage them, visit Pollinator Partnership.  At The Indian Craft Shop, we will be swarming with jewelry, fetish carvings, beadwork and more, and invite you to come in and explore the arts that have pollinator, floral and plant motifs or are made with materials from pollinated plants.

To read more about Pollinators in American Indian Art, click here.

We have also made it easy for you if you are shopping online - we've included most (if not all!) of the arts we have available that would be included in this special offering of 15% off on our special Highlight on Pollinators in the Arts webstore page.

Bordering your vegetable garden with native flowers will help improve the pollination of your crops. Bordering your home with the arts will help enrich your life. Come on in and see the fruits of the blossoming talent of today's American Indian artists. And happy planting!

To learn about pollinators, what you can do to help encourage their livelihood, and for other pollinator-related events and programs,  visit these two sites:  and
Just In! So Cute! A size for every step of the way - brain tanned baby moccasins by Doris Kicking Woman, (Blackfeet)

We've been very excited about many new arrivals in the Shop. We've received a new selection of jewelry AND a few buffalo horn sculptures of owls and an eagle from George Willis (Choctaw); a selection of smoked moose hide beaded accessories by Rosie Cassou (Athabascan); the cutest little baby moccasins by Doris Kicking Woman (Blackfeet); new inlay earrings and bracelets by Jim Poyer (Navajo); applique scarves by Tammy Owens (Tlingit) (pictured below);

14Kt gold and sterling jewelry by Herbert Begaye (Navajo); new necklaces of traditional heishi and turquoise beads by Lester Abeyta (Santo Domingo/Kewa); and lots more. New fetish carvings and Tlingit silverwork jewelry should be on the way soon, too! 

Ride on in to The Indian Craft Shop. Folk art buffalo and rider by Delbert Buck (Navajo) (Actually, it might be best to walk in to see us since there are regulations on riding buffalo in the city!)

It's always a joy to visit the Shop, and see what's new - we look forward to seeing you! And take a look often at our New Additions Online as we add new items to our webstore.

We also have a wonderful selection of Artie Yellowhorse Designs jewelry (Navajo), beaded bag necklaces from Terrill O'Brien (Mohawk) and ALSO beadwork from a new artist to the Shop, Sherrill Givens (Mohawk), Terry's daughter who made her debut during the May Artist Show. Sherri has been beading as a hobby and artist for many years and creates in her spare time outside her full time job/career and family life. She is continuing in her mom's footsteps, naming and numbering her creations and is now in her 'teens' of creations. We also have some of her beaded bracelets with the Confederacy Belt pattern of the Iroquois. We are really honored to be continuing the arts through the generations of Terry's family, especially as such a limited number of pieces are created and shown.
We thank all of you who came in during the show and have been coming back since!

See Terry's current work on our online store and learn more about Terry O'Brien on our Artist Bio page.

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Tony Eriacho, Jr. passed away in May surrounded by his family and loved ones after battling pancreatic cancer over the past year. We have worked with Tony and his wife, Ola, for more than 25 years; many of you have met them, wear their jewelry, or you may have seen their photos, work or bios on our web page. In addition to being an artist, Tony, "the Zuni Traveler," worked tirelessly as he represented artists and marketed their works for many years, and promoted education and honest representation across the nation and around the world.  He volunteered and served on numerous boards and arts and crafts organizations including IACA (Indian Arts and Crafts Association), CIAC (Council for Indigenous Arts and Culture), and the Zuni Arts and Crafts Council among others.

Tony assisted and participated in many shows with the Shop and went above and beyond in helping to connect and bring artists along with him for many of our Zuni artisan showings over the years. Tony's imprint will be with us forever as part of our Shop history and as a dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ola and his family and his community of friends across the globe. 

Tony Eriacho, Jr. - the Zuni Traveler
Tony was an artist, a jeweler, a fetish carver.
He was a traveler, an educator, an advocate for authenticity.
He was a representative of American Indian artists and of the Zuni Pueblo.
He was a brother, a son, a husband, an uncle, a father, a great-grandfather, a friend.
He will be missed by many but remembered always.

We continue to gather images of display arrangement ideas. 
Please join us and share your photos of displays in your home or office. Email images to A "display" can be any size, from an arrangement of just a few pieces to a larger exhibit of a whole room or wall display. We will not disclose the origin of any of the images, so they will be "anonymous" collections or displays.

Take a look at our web pageand if you are on Pinterest, take a look at our Pinterest Board. Thank you for participating and keep sending your photos! 

If you would like to order online and pick up in the Shop, please fill in your "Ship To" address as the Shop's street address - 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240. This way, the appropriate DC sales tax will be charged and we can then credit your shipping cost back to your method of payment after the online sale goes through.  In the "Comment" section of your order, let us know that you will be picking up the order and we'll have it ready for you!

OPEN SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016 OpenSaturday
Our "Third Saturday" opening this month is June 18, and we are open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you for supporting the arts-We truly appreciate you!


Within These Halls: A Beyond-the-Frame Look at Secretarial Portraiture
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Rachel Carson Room

Ever wondered about the Department of the Interior's 51 secretarial portraits? There's more to them than meets the eye-including a controversial lapel pin, an art impostor and a scandal! Participate in a lighthearted round of "portrait BINGO" led by Interior Museum Curator Tracy Baetz, and you'll come away with some fascinating historical tidbits about the various Secretaries of the Interior and the artists who painted them.

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.

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, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20240.

Get more detailed information on the Interior Museum and events

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