In the Spirit

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Festival & Market

Exhibit: June 19 - August 10

Festival: August 9 from 10am - 6pm (Free Museum Admission)

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 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.

If you are a Native artist who missed the March deadline for the IN THE SPIRIT exhibition, consider becoming a performer or vendor for the festival held on August 9.

Congratulations to our 2014 IN THE SPIRIT award winners!
Best in Show: Kaila Farrell-Smith for "M is for Mak'Lak', W is for White: Authentic Indian Design"
Spirit of the Northwest: Kathey Ervin for "Water Journey"
Honoring the Ancestors: Earl Davis for "Sheephorn Style Bowl"
Honoring Innovation: Charls Bloomfield for "Our Missing Sisters"

The following artists are to be featured in this year's IN THE SPIRIT exhibition.  See their work in this year's Photo Gallery.

  • Catherine Black Horse
  • Charles W. Bloomfield
  • Alison Bremner
  • Earl Davis
  • Anthony Duenas
  • Brandt Ellingburg
  • Kathey Ervin
  • Kaila Farrell-Smith
  • Sean Gallagher
  • Erin Genia
  • Jeanette Huber
  • Misty Kalama
  • Jerry Jacob Laktonen
  • Peter A. Lind, Jr.
  • Linley B. Logan
  • Ramon Murillo
  • Lillian Pitt
  • Marlene R. Simla
  • Eric Tippeconnic
  • Jeffrey Veregge
  • Toma Villa
  • Ken Waltman
  • Jennifer Angaiak Wood


See images of artwork from the 2014 IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition!

Performers at the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market and Festival on August 9 include:
10am       Chenoa Egawa, singing and storytelling
11am       Sngagim Axasniikangin Dancers
12pm       Vince Redhouse, flute
1pm         Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers
2pm         Rona Yellow Robe, flute
4pm-6pm  A Little Big Band

A Little Big Band by Russell Johnson

Big News! "A Little Big Band" will perform at the 2014 IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market & Festival! It will celebrate the release of their new CD that day, which you can purchase at the festival for $10. 
Photo courtesy of Russell Johnson.

Vendors at the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Market and Festival on August 9 will include:

Kathey Ervin
Vickie EraIsrael Shotridge
Linley B. Logan
Louie Gong
Jeffrey Veregge
Charles W. Bloomfield
Erin and Heather Genia
Sean Gallagher
Vince Redhouse
Michelle Price
Jeanette Huber
Israel and Sue Shotridge
Peter Boome
Jimmy Price
Ron Alphonse
The Evergreen State College - Tacoma
A Little Big Band
Dev Ice Cream

View a photo gallery of artwork, performances, and vendors from past IN THE SPIRIT exhibitions and festivals.

Interested in being a vendor or performer for the IN THE SPIRIT Festival on August 9, 2014?  Contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or  


IN THE SPIRIT is made possible in part by generous support from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Tacoma Arts Commission, the Tulalip Tribes, and media sponsor KUOW-FM.

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