In the Spirit

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Festival & Market

Join us for the 11th Annual IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market & Festival on August 13, 2016 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Exhibit opens May 28 and runs through August 14, 2016.

Exhibit Opening and Awards Ceremony will be hosted on June 16, 2016 beginning at 6:30pm.  FREE and open to the public!

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 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 the 2016 IN THE SPIRIT award winners!

Best in Show:
 High Tea by Kathey Ervin
Honoring the Northwest:  Sacred Survivance by Ka'ila Farrell-Smith
Honoring the Ancestors:  In the Present (Bowl Design) by Earl Davis
Honoring Innovation:  Overwhelmed by Jennifer Angaiak Wood

The People's Choice Award First and Second Place as well as the Purchse Prize award will be given at the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market & Festival on August 13, 2016. 
And congratulations to all of the 2016 selected IN THE SPIRIT artists!

Philip H. Red Eagle
Kathey Ervin
Chholing P. Taha
Ruth Whitener
Ka'ila Farrell-Smith
Justin McCarthy
Earl Davis
Jennifer Angaiak Wood
Kenny Waltman
Terresa White
Leah Thomason Bromberg
Lillian Pitt
Denny Sparr Hurtado
Tony Boyd
Crystal Worl
Jeffrey Veregge
Linley B. Logan
Bernice Akamine
Charles W Bloomfield
Ramon Murillo
Misty Kalama-Archer


View this year's incredible artwork here!

Interested in becoming a vendor? Fill out this attached vendor application and return it to the information provided no later than 5pm on June 17, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Molly Wilmoth, Lead Program Manager, at molly.wilmoth@wshs.wa.govor 253-798-5926.
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