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The education hub includes kid-friendly lessons, art projects, and videos that explore the art, history, life and cultures of contemporary Native peoples and the peoples of the American West through artwork.
Lessons by Featured Artists
Dive into the Eiteljorg’s Expressions of Life: Art of Native North America exhibition with lessons that feature artists from the Great Lakes region. Each lesson includes a work of art and explores at least one of the exhibition’s three core themes: continuation, relation, innovation.
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Katrina taught herself to bead at a young age after discovering beaded heirlooms at her grandmother’s house. Today, she creates beadwork, sculptural pieces, jewelry, and drawings. Katrina takes inspiration from the world around her.
Lesson: Nature as inspiration
Lesson: Found object art
Lesson: Stories through art
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi
Jason was born an artist. In his early teens, he made his first drum using a foraged log, and he has never looked back. Now, he creates drums, functional and fine art ceramics, textiles, paintings, and mixed media pieces. Jason’s Potawatomi culture is at the heart of each and every piece he creates.
Lesson: Traditions as inspiration
Lesson: Creating modern art
Lesson: We are always learning
Karen Ann Hoffman
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
Karen Ann is a nationally recognized Haudenosaunee Raised Beadwork artist. Inspired by two different beading traditions, she takes existing forms and embellishes them with beadwork. Her pieces combine Haudenosaunee stories, experiences and worldviews with unique design.
Lesson: Artists are inspired by other artists
Lesson: Shaping landscape into land art
Lesson: Engaging with art
Bay of Quinte Mohawk
Hannah is a multidisciplinary artist and a recipient of the Eiteljorg’s 2019 Contemporary Art Fellowship. She explores themes of time, place, and the elements through suspended installation art and video.
Lesson: Representing places & stories as art
Projects & Activities
Check out some recommended books, movies, video games and more.
More To Learn At The Eiteljorg
Interactive Discovery Area
The Eiteljorg’s Nina Mason Pulliam Education Center is an immersive experience for learners of all ages. This family-friendly space includes hands-on play, art-making stations, a quiet room, and more.
Annual Family-Friendly Events
The Eiteljorg hosts cultural events that everyone in the family can enjoy throughout the year.
Indian Market & Festival
Since 1993, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has been one of the preeminent summer cultural events in downtown Indianapolis. Artists from more than 50 Native American or First Nations groups present art across multiple disciplines to be awarded, purchased, and enjoyed.
Dia De Muertos
Celebrate Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) at the Eiteljorg. Watch musical and dance performances, create art, shop at the Mercado (marketplace), meet artists-in-residence, peruse elaborate ofrendas (altars), enjoy a Catrina parade and so much more. This annual celebration is not to be missed!
Every winter, visitors explore the Eiteljorg’s popular annual holiday model train display, featuring reproductions of the landmarks of the American West and the skyline of downtown Indianapolis.
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