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October 2016
In this Issue: 
What's New in the Shop & Online
This Month's Spotlight
Time to Find Your Park!
Upcoming Fall Events
Interior Library News
Interior Museum News

A Page From The Past
Our back room circa 1960s or 1970s?! Great variety of arts from the southwest and southeast in this shot! And yes, those are the earlier style Hopi kachina dolls with feathers and fur accessories; Cherokee wood carvings; Yupik food chain mask; coiled Hopi, Navajo and Tohono o'Odham basketry; rivercane and split wood basketry from the Cherokee, Mohawk and other eastern tribes; Cherokee wood carvings and lots of blackware from Santa Clara and San Ildefonso Pueblos.


Acoma polychrome pottery with stylized heart design accents wedding/anniversary shelf display.  Check out more display ideas on our Pinterest board  and keep sending yours in to us! All display photos will be posted anonymously. Thank you for participating and sharing your ideas!

It's so lovely in the Garden
this time of year!

Open on Saturday,
October 15, 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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   Welcome October!
October is here and we welcome the autumn season. We wish everyone a wonderful transition time from warmer to cooler weather, enjoyment of the changing colors of the fall foliage and landscapes, and the rewards of the fall harvest time.
The autumn is our buying season with new arts coming in on a regular basis AND our busy season with artist visits and shows. We wish all of you a great beginning to autumn and look forward to sharing the season with you. Artist shows, American Craft Week, American Indian Heritage Month, Rock Your Moc's Day and of course new arts from across the nation are just a few examples of what we're excited to share with you this fall season! See our fall calendar of events here

American Craft Week is October 1-16CraftWeek
The Indian Craft Shop celebrates American Craft Week from 
October 1 - 16, 2016 - a time to recognize handmade
creations across the nation.

From the American Craft Week network of artists and retailers:
"American Craft enriches our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. It contributes to our nation's economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our national history. It is original, beautiful and enduring, so let's tell the world!"
Take a moment during American Craft Week to thank an artist, visit your local craft gallery or arts show and to appreciate all that the arts and the people who create them bring to us! We hope to see you during American Craft Week during our October Artist Show (see below).

OCTOBER 14- 15, 2016 (Friday and Saturday!)GuestArtist
What a nice tradition that has continued each fall and spring with our highlight on Artie Yellowhorse Designs jewelry and Terry O'Brien's beaded amulet bag necklaces ('one bead at a time' as Terry exclaims!).
We welcome Artie Yellowhorse and Terry O'Brien and invite you to come in and meet and greet, even just to say hello and model your own pieces.  Artie and Terry both love to meet all of you and catch up with those who have been in before.  Of course we expect a great selection of their latest creations and it's definitely a great opportunity to add another piece or shop for that special someone.
Artie Yellowhorse's family is renowned for their quality in  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 art of jewelry 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.
Artie Yellowhorse and daughters
Desiree and Leilani
While known today for the "Rising Sun" designs, their timeless jewelry can be thought of as heritage artwork and can be worn nearly every day and for any event.  Specializing in sterling silver and American turquoise, the Yellowhorse family also uses materials as diverse as lapis, spiny oyster shell, petrified wood, and pearls.    Learn more about Artie Yellowhorse Designs.  This is a family that takes joyful pride in continuing a family legacy of bringing beauty to people and helping them to understand the Navajo concept of Walk with Beauty.

We also welcome back Terry O'Brien (Mohawk) who will share her beading techniques, her latest in beaded amulet bag necklaces... and of course her stories that light up the room! Stories include her travels and the special people she meets along the way, and also the insights and inspiration that seem to be never-ending and infuse each and every bag she designs and creates. Terry has named and numbered every bag she has made and she is now well over the 600s in bag creation. In every 50th bag, she includes a strawberry theme in honor of the traditional strawberry ceremonies and festivals of her Mohawk Nation.
We are also so honored and excited to be showcasing Terry's daughter's beaded pouch necklaces, joining in on this family tradition while having a full time career and raising a family too! We first featured Sherrill Givens' beadwork during our spring 2016 show and it has been very well-received! Sherrill is 'in her teens' of numbering her bags which is so exciting to us to be among the first to have them. We hope to have some of Sherrill's new pieces during Terry's artist visit.

Please join us in welcoming Artie Yellowhorse and Terry O'Brien on Friday and Saturday, October 14th and 15th from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Check out Terry O'Brien's artist bio and a five minute interview segment
with  Terry O'Brien here .

What's New in the Shop and OnlineNew
We've been receiving new jewelry from a variety of Navajo, Zuni and Santo Domingo artists and have also recently received new dentalium and bead necklaces designed and strung by LaRita Laktonen (Alutiiq).
New pottery is arriving including classic black and redware by Santa Clara potters Vicky Martinez and Johanna Herrera. Did you know that 'blackware' is really red clay and fired in a different manner to achieve the black color? Did you know that most pottery from Santa Clara Pueblo is created and fired using ancient traditional techniques? Learn more about the beauty and technique of Santa Clara Pottery. 
We are also looking forward to our walrus ivory carvings from Alaska by the end of the month! The summer tourism season has ended in Alaska and now it's our season to offer a grand selection and help keep the carving livelihood going strong for the artists. Learn more about walrus ivory carving and other arts of Alaska.

As always, be sure to check out our New Additions page  as we are continually adding new items!

Spotlight on: Ribbon Shirts, Shawls, and Legging SetsSpotlight
We have been so fortunate to offer ribbon shirts and dance shawls in the Shop, beautifully made by Marian Hansson (Kiowa).  While we cannot carry a full range of clothing, it has been wonderful to offer these specialty items! Ribbon shirts can  be worn by both men and women and can be for casual wear, formal event wear and for traditional dance. The shirts are typically made with lots of room and extra fabric, so they can be belted or worn loose.

We've also been able to arrange some
special orders/requests with  Marian. After great success with a man's legging and apron dance set, we  asked for some for the Shop and currently have two sets. You can learn more about Marian Hansson here.  Please let us know if you would like further information or images of our current selection by emailing us.  The sleeves also have extra room and often a lower shoulder seam (for great dancing and movement!).  Take a look next time you're in! 
It's a great time to go
Celebrating 100 Years!

Celebrate the Centennial of National Parks and enjoy Native American history and culture. 

Did you know...Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara) painted over 70 paintings under the WPA program for the Bandolier Museum in the late 1930s-early 1940s.

Men and Boys Herding Town Horses, Pablita Velarde, ca. 1940
Casein paint on masonite. L 38, W 20 cm.
Bandelier National Monument, BAND 655

Check out other 'Treasured Landscapes: National Park Service Art Collections Tell America's Stories.

Fall Events - Mark Your Calendar Now!FallEvents
October 14 - 15 - Guest Artists Artie Yellowhorse (Navajo) and Terrill Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk)
November - American Indian Heritage Month - Celebrate the Arts!

November 15  -   Rock Your Moc's Day! 
(this is official day, but Rock Your Moc's has been extended to a week-long event November 13- 19, 2016)

November 18 - 19 - Guest Artists Eddie Morrison (Cherokee) Earl Plummer (Navajo) and George Shukata Willis (Choctaw)

REMINDER - Open this Saturday, October 15, 2016
The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month 
from 10am - 4pm.  This month, the third Saturday is October 15 and we look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

We look forward to your visits in the Shop, 
on the phone 202-208-4056, via email or our online store.
Thank you for your continued support of the arts -
we truly appreciate you!

News from the Interior LibraryInteriorLib
George Franchois- Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Future Programs at the Department of the Interior Library
The Department of the Interior Library is proud to present a number of free programs to both Interior Department staff and the public. They include our Park Ranger Speaker Series programs and our DOI Library Training Sessions. Our monthly Park Ranger Speaker Series highlights the background and history of sites of interest in the Washington, DC region, as well as subjects highlighting the history of the United States. Our Training Sessions introduce DOI employees and others to the Library's services and to the information sources it makes available either through Interior staff computers or an in-person visit to the Library. A list of the DOI Library's future programs can be found here.  
Please feel free to contact the DOI Library if you have any questions about these programs or the services and resources that we have to offer.

The DOI Library is open to Interior staff and the public from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) in Room 2262 of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. We can be reached by phone at (202) 208-5815 or e-mail.

News from the Interior MuseumMuseum
Upcoming Program:

Wish You Were Here: Mail and the National Parks 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm, Rachel Carson Room

Did you know that a village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon eats most of its mail? Or that one of America's newest national park units was once so secret that it sent and received mail at an undercover address? Join curators from the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., and learn about the surprising ways that mail has moved to, though and from the national parks.

Murals Tours
Discover the art and architecture that made the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. 

Tours are offered at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please call the Museum in advance of your visit at 202.208.4743 to make a reservation.  For more information on the Murals Tour,  click here.

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.
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.

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

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