The Institute for American Indian Studies: IAIS to Host Native American Holiday Market

The Institute for American Indian Studies will host a  Holiday Market celebrating Native American culture from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  November 26 and 27 and December 3 and 4 at 38 Curtis Rd. in Washington. Shown is artist Allan Madahbee, an Anishnawbe, born on Manitoulin Island in Ontaria, Canada, working on one-of-a-kind creations. 

WASHINGTON — The Institute for American Indian Studies will host a free Holiday Market that celebrates Native American culture from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 26; Sunday, November 27; Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4 at 38 Curtis Rd. The market will pay tribute to indigenous people across the U.S and provide an opportunity to see Native American-inspired work for sale that is handmade and artfully displayed.

Tours of the museum will be available for a fee, and include the newly installed national traveling exhibit, “Nebizun: Water is Life,” curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan of the Abenaki Arts and Education Center.

The Holiday Market will have many gifts to choose from, including Native American jewelry, paintings, photography, and unusual ornaments perfect for Christmas trees, decorative gourds, pottery, rattles, flutes, and more.

Shoppers will have the opportunity to talk with the artists that have created these one-of-a kind objects and to learn about the culture that inspired them.

For music lovers, musicians, and collectors, the magical-sounding authentic Woodland Native American flutes handcrafted by

Artist Allan Madahbee, an Anishnawbe, born on Manitoulin Island in Ontaria, Canada, creates one-of-a-kind flutes, beaded moccasins, woodcarvings, rock sculptures, and original paintings.

Kim Lewis from Native Visions will offer an array of Native American Art from Oklahoma and the Southwest, including a fine selection of original paintings and prints, Zuni fetishes, silver jewelry, pottery by Mel Cornshucker, plus Hopi and Navajo kachinas.

Another vendor at the market is Primitive Technologies, a nationally known small business that recreates the material culture of prehistoric Native American life. They offer wood-fired replica pottery, hand-carved flint arrowheads and flint animal necklaces, carved stone art, traditional stone tools, containers made out of natural materials, unusual jewelry, and decorative gourds.

Jessie Rose, from the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation will have an array of herbal mixtures including sage, sweetgrass, cedar, and more.

Brandy Sawyer, of Cherokee descent, will offer a selection of contemporary Native American-inspired art.

The Museum’s Gift Shop will be open as well, offering a collection of Native American jewelry, including wampum jewelry crafted by Annawon Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag, and Pequot artist Dan Simonds, head of the Wampum Wear Collective.

The shop also sells decorative gourds and ornaments created by Jeanne Morningstar Kent, of the Nulhegan Coosuk-Abenaki of Vermont, and Native American food from Sweet Grass Trading Company from the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

Those seeking more information may call the Institute at 860-868-0518 or visit

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