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9:02 AM Fri, Sept. 21st

Prescott Indian Art Market<BR>Two-day show will feature nation's best

The Prescott Indian Art Market also features entertainment. Last year, Hopi Senum Dancers performed their native dances. This group started more than 10 years ago in Glendale when a number of Hopi families were concerned about making sure their children learned the Hopi language, songs, dances, and cultural arts.

Many of the exhibitors have been featured artists at major shows around the country and have captured prestigious awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and at other shows of similar stature.

Headlining the show are such fine painters as Amado Pena, David Dawangyumptewa, Jose Toledo and Baje Whitethorne Jr.

Sculpture includes both the mammoth works of Larry Yazzie and the delicate marbles and bronzes of Evelyn Fredericks.

Silversmiths cover a wide variety of forms from Zuni inlay petit point specialist Eldrick Seoutewa and Navajo comtemporist Patrick Smith to Hopi/Laguna Howard Sice's jewelry and unusual steel furniture.

Emerging artists, such as Bennard Dallasvuyaoma, with his distinctive inlay jewelry, may be discovered under the shade trees as well.

The intimate nature of the Indian Art Market allows visitors an opportunity to visit with artists and learn of the techniques and processes involved in creating the work. It also provides the opportunity to buy directly from the artists.

More than a dozen demonstrators offer a special glimpse into the unique cultures of Indian America including demonstrations of weaving, Katsina carving, silversmithing, and the making of pottery, pipes, baskets, piki bread, and moccasins.

Performances by Native American dancers, singers, and musicians throughout the weekend add to the lively atmosphere.

The Hopi Senom Dance Group, under the leadership of Forrest Chimerica, brings beautiful songs and dances from atop the high mesas of Hopiland.

A new feature is being added to the market this year – a youth village, art contest and fair.

In addition, a photographic exhibition about Indian rodeo is currently on exhibit at the museum.

Artists are screened by an Indian artists' advisory council, and exhibitors are invited to participate on the basis of the quality of their work as well as verification of tribal affiliation.

Admission is $5 for non-members, $3 for members. Children under 18 are free.

The Sharlot Hall Museum is at 415 W. Gurley St.

For more information, call 445-3122, or visit the Web site www.sharlot.org.