In the Spirit

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Festival & Market

Join us for the 10th Annual IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market & Festival on August 8, 2015.

Exhibit Opens July 16 and Runs Until August 30, 2015.

Press Release

Held each year in August, IN THE SPIRIT: Contemporary Native Arts Market and Festival encompasses a day of dancing, drumming, singing, and shopping with a diverse group of Native American artists. The festival is the final celebration of the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibit held annually at the History Museum, during which we will present the People's Choice Award. The Museum plaza will be filled with vendors selling exquisite artwork in all price ranges. Round out your festival experience by catching performances of native singers, musicians, and dance groups throughout the day. The History Museum and all festival activities are FREE and open to the public.

Congratulations to our 2015 IN THE SPIRIT award winners!

Best in Show: Erin Genia for "Open Pit Gold Mine Vessel"
Spirit of the Northwest: James L. Redfox for "Woman Parade Horse"
Honoring the Ancestors: Loa Bilham'neex Ryan for "Doulk Nigwilhwaad"
Honoring Innovation: Linley B. Logan for "MANinFestation Destiny"
Purchase Prize: Traci Lund for "Jeff's Heron"
People's Choice, First Place: Charles W Bloomfield for "Our Stolen Children"
People's Choice, Second Place: Chholing P. Taha for "Great Teacher - Sedwa'gowa'ne"


The following artists are included in the 2015 exhibition:

Dianna Arnoux-Redfox
Charles W Bloomfield
Peter Boome
Alison Bremner
Earl Davis
Brandt Ellingburg
Vickie Era
Jeff Ferguson
Erin Genia
Laura Grabhorn
Harmony Hoss
Tina Kuckkahn-Miller
Linley B. Logan
Traci Lund
Cathy MacGregor
Ramon Murillo
Jimmy Price
James L. Redfox
Loa Bilham'neex Ryan
Marlene R. Simla
Chholing P. Taha
Leah Thomason Bromberg
Eric Tippeconnic
Jacinthe TwoBulls
Jeffrey Veregge
Kenny Waltman
See images of this year's incredible pieces here

Arts Market and Festival Schedule

Saturday, August 8, 2015  12-7pm

12pm                Welcome & blessing
12:15pm           Vince Redhouse, flute
1pm                  Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers
2pm                  Rona Yellow Robe, flute
3pm                  Intermission (Gallery Talks with Artists and Carving Demonstrations)
4:15pm             Awards Announcements
4:30pm             Scatter Their Own, rock music
5:30pm             Le-La-La Dancers

Gallery Talks
3pm                  Vickie Era
3:15pm             Charles W Bloomfield
3:30pm             James Price
3:45pm             Jacinthe TwoBulls
4pm                  Jeffrey Veregge
Carving Demonstrations
3 – 5pm            Shoalwater Bay Carving Apprenticeship Program 

Confirmed Vendors
Vince Redhouse
Israel Shotridge
Jerry Laktonen
Jennifer Russell
Kathey Ervin
Bobbie Bush
Lois Chichinoff Thadei
Lillian Pitt
Jeanette Huber
April Jones
Jacinthe TwoBulls
Philip H. Red Eagle
Denise Emerson
Laurie Houseman
LaVerne Kearns
Vickie Era Pankretz
Michelle Price
Jeffrey Veregge
Charles W Bloomfield
James Price
And more to come...

If you are a native artist interested in becoming an art vendor for this year's festival and arts market, please download and submit this year's application.  Applications must be received by Friday, June 12, 2015 to.  Selected artists will be notified by June 19, 2015.
If you have any questions, please contact Molly Wilmoth, Community Outreach Specialist at molly.wilmoth@wshs.wa.govor 253-798-5926.
In the Spirit 2015 is made possible in part by The Bamford Foundation, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Tacoma Arts Commission, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Wells Fargo, media sponsor KUOW-FM, Johnson-Cox Printing Company, and Click! Cable TV.
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View a photo gallery of artwork, performances, and vendors from past IN THE SPIRIT exhibitions and festivals.Questions about IN THE SPIRIT? Contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or