Eiteljorg Museum

Indianapolis, IN

(317) 636-9378


Gifts of the Spirit: Works by 19th Century and Contemporary Native American Artists


Gifts of the Spirit was organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Co. as Trustee of the Alice P. Case Trust, and the Hurdle Hill Foundation.

The exhibition will run from June 6 through Sept. 6, 1998. Museum members and guests can get a sneak preview of the exhibition on Friday, June 5, at the Members' Exhibition Opening from 6 to 8 p.m. A reception for Eagle Society members is from 5 to 6 p.m.

The parties will feature authentic Native American foods and entertainment, Eiteljorg Museum guides stationed throughout the exhibit and work by artists who also will participate in the 1998 Indian Market. RSVP by Monday, June 1, to membership services. Museum members are free; non-members and guests are $10. For more information on the exhibit or the opening parties, call the Eiteljorg at (317) 636-9378.


Upper Right: Cliilkat Blanket, Tlingit, early 19th century. Mountain goat yarn, plant fiber and dyes. Collection of the Peabody Essex Museum. Gift of Capt. Robert B. Forbes, 1832. Photograph by Mark Sexton. A professional weaver wove this traditional type of textile by following a pattern that was first painted by an artist on a board. What is unusual and innovative is how the artist incorporated trapezoid-shaped Northwest Coast coppers (a symbol ofwealth and an exchange medium). Usually, the crests and designs on such a textile are quite abstract and sometimes difficult to translate.

Left: Turtle Clan Blanket, Conrad House (Navajo/Oneida), 1996. Cloth. Loaned by the artist. Photograph by Mark Sexton, "Creating is cultivating a way of life - growing, learning, understanding and translating," wrote the artist.

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