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With your support, the Eiteljorg is ready for a new era Friends, “We are all in this together” is an expression we have heard often lately. Like you, all of us at the Eiteljorg have been concerned for the health and safety of our families, friends and co-workers as the pandemic brought a halt to normal routines and required us to isolate. I am inspired by our patrons, donors and members who have financially supported the Eiteljorg Museum during this emergency. Their generosity and passion for the art, history and cultures of Native America and the West has sustained the museum. The Eiteljorg’s commitment for 31 years to cultural diversity in our exhibitions and programs and encouraging meaningful dialogue means we support those working hard to end racism and racial injustice in our nation. Looking back to March, temporarily closing the museum to comply with state and local requirements was necessary to protect our guests, employees, volunteers and the community. The Eiteljorg signed on to the governor’s and mayor’s public awareness campaign about flattening the curve, #INThisTogether. These measures, though essential, meant several spring and summer events had to be postponed. One of the most painful decisions we faced was postponing until 2021 the 28th annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival, which was to take place this June 27-28 and is one of our biggest events each year. For many of the more than 100 Native American artists who had planned to participate, their livelihoods come from selling

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their beautiful jewelry, pottery and other fine art; so the cancellation of many art markets nationwide has been a devastating economic blow. One of the Indian Market artists, Steve LaRance (Hopi/ Assiniboine), recently wrote to us in an email and stated, “As full-time artists, we are severely affected in all our opportunities and abilities to support our families during this crisis.” On our website, we have an Indian Market page with links to some of your favorite artists, IndianMarketandFestival. We encourage you to connect with those artists and purchase jewelry and other art from them directly. All this year’s Indian Market artists and performers have been invited back for next year’s market, so mark your calendar for June 26-27, 2021. When the quarantine began, our Eiteljorg staff, operating remotely, worked nonstop to launch, where you can enjoy online interactive museum content. We also worked to extend unique and engaging content for all audiences through social media channels. Meanwhile, we have meticulously prepared for reopening to visitors. I want to thank the Eiteljorg’s facilities employees, led by Vice President of Operations LaMarr Easter, who put forth tremendous effort cleaning the building and making improvements that will allow

us to welcome visitors again. I also want to thank the members of the Eiteljorg’s Business Department, who have strategically managed the museum’s finances amid all the uncertainty, and other Eiteljorg employees and security officers who protected the collections and maintained systems and operations while our doors were temporarily closed. When your circumstances allow and your isolation ends, we invite you to make the Eiteljorg Museum the very first attraction you visit. The first thing you will want to experience is our fascinating new exhibition Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories. Yes, there will be new rules that we all must follow, as you will read on the facing page; but the Eiteljorg building is large, clean and spacious with plenty of room so you can observe six-foot social distancing while you enjoy the beautiful art and cultural objects. Thank you for your patience and support of the Eiteljorg and cultural institutions as we have all adapted to new circumstances. We look forward to being together with you again soon. Sincerely,

John Vanausdall President and CEO Eiteljorg Museum

Read our June 5 statement, “We stand in solidarity with the Black community,” at this link:

Winner of the 2019 Award of Honor from the Public Relations Society of America — Hoosier Chapter Volume 15, Number 2 President and CEO John Vanausdall Vice President for Advancement Nataly Lowder Director of Marketing and Communications Bert Beiswanger Editor and Writer Bryan Corbin Design Honeymoon Image & Design Contributing Writers Kay Hinds Bert Beiswanger Nataly Lowder Sophia Holt-Wilson Contributing Photographers Wes Studi image by Jen Boyer Eiteljorg marketing staff and archives Hadley Fruits Photography Brittany Erwin Photography Zach Dobson Zach Malmgren Editor’s Note Every effort is made to ensure that exhibition images published in Storyteller magazine accurately reflect the artworks on exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum during the dates announced and promoted. Due to state and local public health requirements, details of announced events and exhibitions might change too late for the Storyteller’s publication deadlines. For comments or questions, call (317) 275-1315 or email Membership information Contact Cassandra Sandborn with membership questions Call: 317.275.1360 Email:


Restarting Our Engines: Eiteljorg readies for reopening


fter being temporarily closed to visitors for three months, the Eiteljorg Museum has worked diligently and carefully to prepare for reopening and offer visitors an open and clean space. Here is a look behind the scenes at what occurred and what visitors can expect: What happened: Because state and local authorities issued orders to slow the spread of COVID-19, museums such as the Eiteljorg were forced to temporarily close to visitors March 17. While most Eiteljorg employees worked remotely, a few remained in the museum to protect the art collections, maintain the building and prepare for reopening. State and local governments allowed the museum to reopen beginning June 20, with social distancing and limits on the size of gatherings. Eiteljorg employees are following new safety protocols. What took place at the Eiteljorg during the closure: Museum staff launched an enhanced web page featuring online interactive content about exhibits and programs, including curator videos and educational activities for children, posted at Read more about the online museum content at this link: Meanwhile, to prepare for welcoming guests again,

On the cover: Glenn Dean As the Dust Settles, 2020 Oil, 24 x 24 inches The Eiteljorg exhibition Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories has been extended to Jan. 3, 2021.

Eiteljorg facilities employees gave the building an extremely thorough cleaning, performed needed maintenance to systems and installed fixtures so visitors can minimize their contact with surfaces. And, the museum’s collections employees began an inventory of the Eiteljorg’s 9,000 objects. What will be different when visitors return: Guests will continue to enjoy the relaxing open space of the museum and grounds. Visitors are encouraged to order tickets online at in advance of their visit. For a period of time, visitors upon entering the building are asked to wear face coverings and follow the blue “permission lines” marked on the floor to maintain social distancing. Hand sanitizing stations are located around the building. The number of people allowed inside at a time will be limited. Seating capacity is reduced in the Museum Café so that customer tables can be spaced at appropriate distances. Check for up-to-date guidelines. What dates have changed: Three shows originally scheduled to close during the summer will remain open for several additional months, so more visitors can experience them. Please Touch: The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo is now open

through Feb. 9, 2021. Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories is now open through Jan. 3, 2021; see the story on page 4. A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, For A Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw, is now open through Aug. 9. Other events planned for the spring or summer had to be rescheduled. The 28th annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival, originally set for June 27-28, is postponed to 2021. The Summer Under the Sails concerts in June and July were canceled. Other activities may be rescheduled or take place as virtual events; check for the latest details. Special note: Due to the COVID-19 situation, exhibition dates and events are subject to change. Check the museum’s website or social media for the latest details. Who to contact with questions: For inquiries about ticket purchases, special hours, museum exhibits and events, meeting-room rental reservations, memberships, volunteering, the museum store, café or other questions, visit or call Guest Services at 317.636.9378.

Visit to connect with the websites of Indian Market artists, such as Katrina Mitten (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), and purchase their art online.

During the closure, Eiteljorg staff launched an enhanced web page with online interactive content,

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Outstanding Western art, new virtual sale format at 15th annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale ®

By Bryan Corbin, Storyteller magazine editor


hether they enjoy dramatic landscape paintings, realist portraits of people and nature or compelling sculptures, admirers of Western American art look to the Eiteljorg Museum each September. At the Eiteljorg’s Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale, art-lovers can purchase exciting new works by today’s top artists in the Western genre. Now celebrating its 15th year, Quest for the West ® enjoys a national reputation as one of the best and most-anticipated Western art shows in the nation. It also supports Western artists by building interest in their field; and is memorable for serious art collectors and casual fans alike. This year’s sale has an exciting new online format, to allow for social distancing that would not have been possible with the previous format. Here are the highlights of the Quest virtual sale weekend: Art and artists Celebrating creativity, Quest features new works by 50 renowned painters and sculptors of Western art, including Robert Griffing, P.A. Nisbet, Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Curt Mattson and others. Beautiful paintings and sculptures in the online show are inspired by the people and history of the American West, where many of the artists are based. Since their livelihoods rely on selling their beautiful art, the professional artists welcome the opportunity through Quest to connect with interested collectors and cultivate new fans of their work. Quest main sale Before the virtual sale, art collectors can scout out works by David Grossmann, Pasture under Glowing Sky, 2020 Oil on linen panel, 30 x 40 inches


George Hallmark, Bebiendo Amigos (Drinking Buddies), 2020 Oil on linen, 24 x 30 inches

their favorite artists on the website On Saturday, Sept. 12, collectors can bid absentee in an online, fixed-price, luck-of-the-draw sale. A bidder whose name is drawn first gets the right to purchase a particular piece; if they pass, then the next person drawn can buy it; this process continues until a lucky bidder accepts and becomes the happy new owner of the artwork. In keeping with the Hoosier hospitality that the Eiteljorg is known for, a concierge service will assist all Quest collectors with their online bids and purchases. For reservations to the online sales, visit Miniature art sale Now in its fourth year, the Quest Miniature Art Sale is a popular complement to the main sale and will take place Friday, Sept 11. The same Quest artists offer smaller examples of their work. For experienced The Quest Miniature Art Sale on Friday collectors who have no Sept. 11 is also a fixed-price, luck of the more room to add large draw sale, featuring smaller paintings and works to their home and sculptures by the same Quest artists. seek more compact pieces, Volunteers assisted with tabulating bids at last year’s Quest miniatures sale. it’s a convenient option. For new collectors, the miniature sale offers an affordable entry point into collecting. Reservations are required for the online miniatures sale.

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Joseph McGurl, Procession, 2020 Oil on linen panel, 12 x 24 inches

Wes Studi next year Film and television actor Wes Studi (Cherokee) originally was scheduled to be the special guest speaker this year, but his appearance has been postponed to next year’s Quest for the West®. Save the dates for Sept. 10-11, 2021. Studi gave unforgettable performances in The Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, Geronimo, Avatar and other films; and in 2019, Studi became the first Native American to receive an Academy Award for acting.

Dean Mitchell For Freedom, 2020 Watercolor 30 x 22 inches

Wes Studi (Cherokee). Photograph by Jen Boyer

Quest online, with concierge service For more about Quest for the West®, including an early look at artworks, information about artists, digital extras, reservations to the online sale and concierge information, visit: Don’t forget to look for a copy of the beautifully illustrated Quest for the West® art catalog, available soon at the Frank and Katrina Basile Museum Store. Visit: for the latest information about 2020 Quest for the West ® artists, their artworks, online purchases and reservations.


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The Eiteljorg exhibition Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories has been extended to Jan. 3, 2021.

Reopening to visitors, Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories shares life experiences of women of the West


hen the new exhibition Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories opened in early March, it made a big splash with art and history lovers, especially with fans of fiber art and quilting. The exhibition focuses on telling stories of the lives of women from diverse backgrounds in the American West, using the historic quilts they created as the medium for that storytelling. The exhibition was the talk of online quilter groups, and many quilting enthusiasts made a point to visit the Eiteljorg specifically to experience it. But soon after the exhibition began, the Eiteljorg was forced to hit the “pause” button and close the museum building temporarily due to public health orders. During the hiatus, museum staff launched an online version of Quilts at featuring videos with curator Johanna M. Blume, and interest in the exhibition has continued to grow. With three months of pent-up demand, Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories again can be enjoyed by visitors. Inside the gallery, visitors learn that historic quilts are far more than utilitarian bedcoverings sewn for warmth on a cold prairie. Instead, quilts serve as a visual record of women’s lives in the West,


particularly during times and circumstances when women’s stories were not often told in written records. With examples of quilts from the early 1800s to the present, the exhibition conveys how women expressed themselves using fabric, thread and meticulous care to create meaningful and moving works. “Sometimes the quilts women make are to advocate for a political idea or to raise funds for a political cause,” Blume said. “Sometimes a quilt is made for a dear family member, or in a way that brings a community together, or to forge bonds of friendship between women. And some quilts are made to express unique aspects of a woman’s identity.” The exhibition is organized into three themes: family, friends and personal relationships; ethnic and regional identity; and political agency and power. Quilts by diverse women artists who are African American, Native American, Latino American and Asian American who utilize a variety of styles and traditions are represented — featuring dazzling patterns and thoughtprovoking messages that will spark conversations. An important example is the quilt Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Since 1492 by Susan Hudson (Navajo).

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Ernestine Tril Un Barrio, 2016 Cotton, thread. Loan courtesy of the artist Mary Etta Crow Log Cabin Quilt, ca. 1840-1849 Wool, synthetic fabrics, velvet, sateen binding. Loan courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society, 1965.37.1

Many of the one-of-a-kind quilts in the Eiteljorg exhibition are on loan from other institutions, including the Autry Museum of the American West, the International Quilt Museum and the state historical museums of Alaska, Arizona, Nebraska and Washington State. The gallery includes a Community Corner with a rotating group of fabric art pieces and small quilts created by local quilters from central Indiana, sharing their own stories. Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories is part of the Eiteljorg’s larger theme of exhibitions and programs in 2020-21, Honoring Women, that celebrates the centennial of women attaining the right to vote. Originally, Quilts was scheduled to be open through Aug. 9, but because of the interruption, the Eiteljorg has extended the exhibition another five months, until Jan. 3, 2021, to give the public more opportunity to experience it. Some Quilts-related public events previously scheduled for the spring are postponed to the summer and fall; see the Calendar of Events on page 8 for details. Additional public programs may be added, check for the latest. The exhibition is included with regular museum admission.

Online extra: Watch the WISH-TV8 segment about Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories at this link:



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Honoring Women continues at Eiteljorg with amazing stories By Bert Beiswanger, director of marketing and communications


s the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage this year positioned women’s stories front and center, the Eiteljorg was in the midst of a comprehensive yearlong theme, Honoring Women, featuring exhibitions and programs that also bring to the forefront the stories of women in the West and Indigenous women. The theme of celebration was off to an exciting start when the public health crisis changed those plans and prompted the Eiteljorg to get even more creative. Many special events in Indianapolis were canceled due to the virus this year, but the Honoring Women theme is not one of them. The museum has worked diligently to retain as much of our 2020 plan as possible, extending in some cases the opportunities to tell these important and amazing stories, and rescheduling other activities to 2021. “We are most grateful to the lending organizations and individuals who have allowed us to extend the Quilts exhibit, and are looking forward to continuing to feature women, their stories, and their art in 2021,” Eiteljorg Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer Elisa Phelps said. With its mission to inspire an appreciation of the art, history and diverse cultures of the West and Native America, the Eiteljorg is committed to presenting the Honoring Women exhibitions and content that the museum staff has worked for years to develop and curate.

Anita Fields (Osage, born 1951) Opposites Attract, 2005, clay Gift of Paul and Grace Markovits

Ongoing and Upcoming for Honoring Women

Included in the exhibition Powerful Women: Contemporary Art from the Eiteljorg Collection

Prints of Gene Kloss Continuing through Dec. 6, 2020, first rotation Dec. 12, 2020-Spring 2021, second rotation The Eiteljorg is exhibiting two rounds of etching prints from a collection by prolific printmaker Gene Kloss in the Myrta Pulliam Gallery of Photography. Alice Geneva “Gene” Kloss (1903-1996) is well known for her etchings of landscapes and Southwestern subject matter, particularly in Taos, New Mexico, where she spent much of her life. “She was very interested in and inspired by the different cultures in and around Taos,” said Johanna M. Blume, curator of Western art, history, and culture. “You see a lot of day-to-day life and people out in the marketplace, and there is also ceremonial life, dances, and celebrations.” Details:

Unknown photographer Gene Kloss operating a printing press Photograph Image courtesy of Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Gene Kloss Papers, 1934-1941

Honoring Women Sundays Every week, the museum honors women with connections to the Eiteljorg from all corners of the community via its social media channels and weekly e-newsletter.

Honoring Women item in the Eiteljorg e-newsletter celebrating Board of Advisors member Jasmin French


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Donna Brittenham (American), Ann Davis (American), and Arlene Koenig (American) Vietnam Women’s Memorial, 1987 Straight weave synthetic material, cotton, polyester 62.5 x 40.5 inches Loan courtesy of History Nebraska

Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories Ongoing, through Jan. 3, 2021 See story about the exhibit on page 4.

Indiana Suffrage Centennial Block Party Aug. 29: Free admission Aug. 29–Sept. 4: Additional programming In conjunction with the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Historical Society and others, the Eiteljorg will observe the 100th anniversary of women attaining the right to vote by focusing on the underrepresented voices of the suffrage movement: Native American women, African American women and other women of color. See page 8 for details.

Barbara Van Cleve Star Shower, 1993 Photograph, 41.5 x 51.5 inches Image courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women — Photographs by Barbara Van Cleve Rescheduled for Jan. 30–Apr. 25, 2021 This traveling exhibition of documentary-style photographs explores women’s diverse experiences in the West. Hard Twist has been described as a celebration of women of the range, their ranches and the breathtaking Western landscapes in which they live.

Marie K. Watt (Seneca, born 1967), Braid, 2005, reclaimed wool blankets, satin binding Museum purchase from the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship Included in the exhibition Powerful Women: Contemporary Art from the Eiteljorg Collection

Powerful Women: Contemporary Art From the Eiteljorg Collection Sept. 19, 2020-March 21, 2021, first rotation April 18, 2021-Oct. 3, 2021, second rotation This exhibition explores the visionary work of female artists who shaped and changed the ways people think about contemporary art. The Eiteljorg is home to one of the world’s best collections of contemporary Native art, and this exhibit highlights exceptional work and stories from that collection. The Hurt and Harvey galleries will feature captivating artworks by important artists Anita Fields (Osage), Bonnie Devine (Ojibwa), Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee Nation), Marie K. Watt (Seneca), Skawennati (Mohawk) and many others. An installation by Luzene Hill (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Retracing the Trace, reflects on issues of rape and sexual violence against women. The exhibition is curated by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art. Joy Harjo — United States Poet Laureate Rescheduled to Oct. 2, 2021 The first Native American woman to hold the position of U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo (Mvskoke/Creek Nation) was recently reappointed to a second term. She plans to conduct a poetry reading and book signing at the Eiteljorg in fall 2021; check for details.

Joy Harjo Photograph by Shawn Miller HONORING WOMEN IS SPONSORED BY:

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We’re adding new programs and events all the time. Visit and sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on Eiteljorg Museum happenings. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum Cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, with a limited menu through July 4. Public guided gallery tours take place at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; call 317.636.9378 to confirm.

NOTE TO VISITORS: The events and dates listed below were in effect at the time of publication. Due to the changing public health situation that can cause events to be postponed, please check before your visit for the latest information on events taking place at the museum.




Noon–12:20 p.m. Curator’s Choice Series Join an Eiteljorg curator for a 20-minute talk on a topic to be announced soon.

1 p.m. Undercover Quilts tour with Allison Evans Go “behind the quilts” with the Eiteljorg’s collections director with a special look at our exhibit Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories.


Image courtesy of Zach Malmgren

Postponed to 2021 Due to state and local public health orders limiting the size of public gatherings, the museum’s series of free Wednesday evening concerts in June and July, Summer Under the Sails, will not take place this year. Look for Summer Under the Sails to return with an exciting lineup of bands in 2021. Saturday

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1 p.m. Undercover Quilts tour Go “behind the quilts” with members of our collections staff with a special look at our exhibit Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories. Check for virtual options.



AUG 29–SEP 4 Indiana Suffrage Centennial Block Party We’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of women voting in Indiana. Join scholars, thinkers, artists, and our Hoosier community for a week of free talks, parties, workshops, happy hours and fun — online, and in your own backyard. Presented by the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Humanities, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, and Indiana Statehouse Tour Office. Free Eiteljorg admission on Aug. 29 only. More information at


Alma Rosenberg Burgoyne’s Surrender, late 19th century Cotton fabric, cotton thread, paper, ink Loan courtesy of the Alaska State Museum, 91-43-1



5 p.m. Western Book Club The Western Book Club meets bimonthly to discuss an array of titles spanning and sometime pushing the limits of what constitutes a Western. Check for this month’s selections.

10 a.m.–Noon INFiber Workshop Take a tour of our Quilts exhibition and make your own fabric collage piece with Leigh Layton of INfiber and Mary Ellen Straughn of the Quilters Guild Indianapolis. The event has in-person and virtual options. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided. Visit to register.

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Artist in Residence: Crystal Hanna Traditional pottery artist Crystal Hanna (Cherokee) has shown her work and won awards at many major markets including the Heard Museum Fair & Market, Red Earth and Santa Fe Indian Art Market.

Artist in Residence: DG House Contemporary Native American artist DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama) is artist in residence in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

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Visit for details or call 317.636.9378 to register or purchase event tickets. All events are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and over, and $8 for youth ages 5 to17 and college students with student ID. Children ages 4 and under are free. Museum members enjoy free admission, unless otherwise noted. Parking is free, when spaces are available, in the White River State Park underground garage for visitors to the museum, cafe or museum store, unless otherwise noted.




Noon–12:20 p.m. Curator’s Choice Series Join an Eiteljorg curator for a 20-minute talk on a topic to be announced soon.

Friday & Saturday

SEP 11–12 15th annual Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale During a weekend virtual sale, beautiful paintings and sculptures by the top artists in the Western American genre will be available for online purchase, along with miniature works by the same artists. For information and reservations, visit

Bonnie Devine (Ojibwa, born 1952) Canoe, 2003 Mixed media, graphite on paper, thread, twine, beads Museum purchase from the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship


SEP 19 Exhibition Opening: Powerful Women: Contemporary Art from the Eiteljorg Collection Explore the work of visionary Native American women artists who shaped and changed the way people think about contemporary art. See pages 6-7.

Some Fridays and Saturdays, July-Sept. Join us for showings of full-length films that relate to the Eiteljorg’s yearlong theme of Honoring Women. Each screening will be followed by a film discussion. Some films may be offered by online streaming; check for details. Saturday

JUL 25

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mankiller Mankiller is a documentary about the life of Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief. Saturday

AUG 22

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 This documentary tells the story of Comanche activist LaDonna Harris who helped return sacred ground to the Taos Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and founded Americans for Indian Opportunity. Saturday



Noon–12:20 p.m. Curator’s Choice: Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories with Johanna M. Blume Join the Eiteljorg’s curator of Western art, history and culture for a look at the Quilts exhibition. Saturday

OCT 3 Krystii Melaine Tsemehot-o – The One I Love, Cheyenne, 2020 Oil on linen panel 44 x 22 inches

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Navajo Rug Auction From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., shoppers can preview the Navajo rugs up for auction. Conducted by R.B. Burnham and Company, the rug auction begins at 3 p.m. and offers more than 250 contemporary and vintage textiles. Please check to confirm details.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Warrior Women Warrior Women is a documentary about Lakota activist and community organizer Madonna Thunder Hawk, who shaped a group of activists’ children into the “We Will Remember” Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education. Friday

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8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) Sgaawaay K’uuna is a drama about a nobleman who retreats to the wilderness and spirals into insanity after accidently killing his best friend’s son. This is the first film ever made in the Haida language.

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Until We Meet Again


s a gentle breeze comes through my window, I gaze outside at all the marvelous birds. Some will remain, others will migrate. A brilliant orange bird sits right outside my window. Eating a little, looking up at me, then eating more. He’s a Baltimore oriole heading north. It’s the first time in 14 years one has stayed so long. I feel like he’s communicating with me each day — sometimes introducing me to other birds he is with and sometimes flying solo. Reminding me that we will all come out on the other side of this virus … one day. I was strategic on placing my makeshift office in my home to face the back yard out over the gardens. Originally I was working from the dining room table thinking I would be home a few days. As days turned to weeks, weeks to months, I realized I needed a place to separate work life from home life. When the anxiety sets in of raising money or marketing our new information for a daily Eiteljorg experience, I just look up from my computer, take a deep breath and relax my shoulders as the birds go about daily life so peacefully. My heart is startled as my cell phone rings, bringing me back to reality and away from the serenity of the gardens. It is another generous donor calling me to ask for an update on the museum and how she could help. She was relieved to hear the


Wilson Hurley triptych painting, October Suite: Grand Canyon, among others, was being monitored for humidity levels, and the beautiful Eiteljorg building was not only safe, but being prepared for employees and visitors to return. “How are the employees,” she asked? I explained that so far everyone was still employed and those who could work from home were. Those who have jobs that can only be done in the building were anxiously waiting to get back. As I hung up the phone, my mind drifted to when this article will reach your home: summer. Will everyone still be employed? Will the Eiteljorg be open yet to welcome the public? Will art lovers return to the building? Will we be able to gather in groups again laughing, toasting and talking about traveling out West? How much debt will we at the museum incur and how much money can be raised to help the effort? As my shoulders tense, I look up from my computer and there the Baltimore oriole sits. Gazing at me with empathy and calmness. “Don’t worry,” he seems to convey. My spirits lift. I pick up the phone to call another friend of the museum. On the other end of the line is an excited person waiting to hear how things are going. We giggle over the desire to just talk to someone other than who they have been

cooped up with for months. Through these conversations, I am humbled by the people who want to help. We are all in different situations, but we are all hanging on together. If you have the ability to renew your museum membership; if you can add a donation; if you can double a donation or get a match from your employer; if you are re-evaluating your will or estate plans and can include the Eiteljorg Museum . . . please think of us. This is an unprecedented time and we need help more than ever before. Every act of kindness, no matter the size, will help the museum — and all of us — come out on the other side. But most important . . . is you! Stay healthy, stay optimistic and come visit us when the time is right for you. If we have not had the chance to catch up, please call or email me. I love hearing from you and am willing to share any knowledge I might have. My focus is disrupted. Chirp, chirp, chirp . . . . I look up and there is my trusty orange friend. When this article comes to your home, the Baltimore oriole will be gone, but hopefully his peaceful nature will remain with me until we meet again.

Nataly Lowder Vice President for Advancement 317.275.1311

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Thank you to the following donors for memberships and gifts received from November 1, 2019–March 31, 2020 except for gifts in honor of and in memory which are listed from December 2, 2019 to March 31, 2020. Due to space limitations, only contributions of $100 or more are listed with the exception of annual fund memorial and honorarium gifts. If your name is not listed as you would like it to be, or if it has been omitted, please accept our apologies and call 317.275.1311. Membership gifts ($100 and above) Vision Circle $25,000 or more annual cumulative giving Roger and Mindy Eiteljorg Gordon and Llura* Gund Steve and Jane Marmon Dr. Robert Stephens Bill and Roberta Witchger Chairperson’s Circle $10,000-$24,999 annual cumulative giving Pat and Robert Anker Anonymous Mary Beth and Robert Braitman Mr. Daniel P. Carmichael Angie and Dick Darlington Virginia Merkel Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Reilly, Jr. Thomas and Evelyn Seeley Joan SerVaas and Larry Roan Charles and Peggy Sutphin Don and Angela Woodley President’s Society $5,000-$9,999 annual cumulative giving Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Appel Dr. Elizabeth A. Beck Elaine and Eric Bedel Robin and Susan Cooper Mr. and Mrs. Russell Fortune, III Tom and Patty Gibbs Geoffrey and Sarah Gund Betsey Harvey Polly H. Hix and Tony J. Fair Allan and Kathy Hubbard Stan and Sandy Hurt Myrta Pulliam Clay and Amy Robbins Deborah and Randy Tobias Golden Eagle Society $2,500-$4,999 annual cumulative giving Frank and Katrina Basile Russell Breeden and Katharine A. Walker Charles and Helen Coghlan Lori Efroymson-Aguilera and Sergio Aguilera Karen and Joseph Glaser Earl and Vicki Goode Kristine and Steven Isenberg Chris Katterjohn and Dona Siebler Frank and Frances Kelly *Deceased

James Kincannon and Charles Goad Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly, II Kelly and Stephan Masoncup Susie and Howard Maxwell Jim and Jackie Morris Jay and Sally Peacock Robert and Lora Sandroni Hutch and Kevina Schumaker John Vanausdall Gil Waldman* and Christy Vezolles Jamison Woodley Mr. and Mrs. C. Daniel Yates Eagle Society $1,500–$2,499 Michael and Terra Aguirre Anonymous Sue and Michael Back Sally Booth and James McMillan Georgia Buchanan Brian and Kim Buchanan Phyllis Cockerill Carl and Gayle Cox Susie M. Cross Deanna DeBrier LaMarr Easter and Cary Neeley Drs. Richard and Becky Feldman Fred and Angie Green Perry and Michelle Griffith Lynnette and Tony Hanes Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Hess Duane and Marguerita Johnson Tom and Betsy Laskey Brian T. Lee Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Leppert Susan and Mike Lewis Nataly and Jonathan Lowder Charlotte Mittler Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Nash Ralph G. Nowak Margaret Piety and Josef Laposa Mr. and Mrs. Terry Rader Mr. and Mrs. J. David Resley Mr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Schulstad Ann M. Stack Ieva Straatman Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey H. Thomasson John W. Timothy, Jr., M.D. Barbara West Jack and Sue Zinser Advocate Members $1,000–$1,499 Jerry and Rosie Semler Patron Members $500–$999 Dick and Kathi Badertscher Robert Cirillo Stephen and Mary DeVoe James and Sareta Gregory Dr. Ann H. Hunt Michael Khalil Jane Paine Mr. Hilary Raab, Jr. Dr. Marguerite K. Shepard Bill and Jeanette Thomas Sustaining Members $250–$499 Mr. C. Willis Adams, III Stacy and Christopher Brooke Alice Brown and Randy Trowbridge John Carvey C. Jack and Linda Clarkson

The Eiteljorg exhibition Quilts: Uncovering Women’s Stories has been extended to Jan. 3, 2021. Image courtesy of Hadley Fruits Photography. Watch a WISH-TV8 story about Quilts at this link:

Christopher and Cindy Coble Dr. and Mrs. Michael R. Cohen Casey and Betsy Cronin Troy and Heather Crum Robert and Sharon Doiron Curtis and Debbie Donley Scott Etzel Jim and Sally Friend Matthew and Raena Goldberg Thomas Hill Nancy and Thomas Inui Larry and Connie Kane Marie and Marvin Kemple Gerald and Shirley Lewis Carlos and Eleanor Lopez Marnie Maxwell and John Krauss Tim and Ann Miller Cynthia Munerol Dawn Overend Ben Pauley Nancy Ray Ross Gary and Phyllis Schahet Dr. William E. and Julie Segar Carolyn A. Sharp Joseph and Linda Sherwood James and Cheryl Strain Gerry and Kim Wichman Ms. Gretchen Wolfram Contributing Members $125–$249 Bill and Susan Allen Blanche Allen Amy and Michael Alley Viki and Bruce Anderson Dr. Charles R. Bantz and Dr. Sandra Petronio Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Baxter David Belser and Judy Armes Steve and Debbie Benefiel D. Eugene Bennett Barbara and Lee Bolton Jesse Brand and Geri Handley Scott and Maryann Bridge Alice Brown and Randy Trowbridge Brittani and Jonathan Brummett Robert Burton Howard and Karen Campbell Jan Carlson John and Barb Chirgwin Carl and Janice Wheater-Cowen Hanni and William Cramer Federico and Rosa Maria Dies Tom Dittrich

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George and Wendy Dougherty Jean and Chris Easter Lynne and Katie Eckerle Patrick and Polly Egan William Esarey and Robin-Elizabeth Parsley Phyllis Fee Mr. and Mrs. David M. Flaherty David and Gisele Found Robert and Sandra French Ed and Phyllis Gabovitch Tom and Mary Grein Ken and Linda Grimes Ronald and Judith Hagan Jay and Mary Ham Mr. Neil Handley Stella Hanley Hart and Simona Hasten Jeffrey and Julia Havens John H. Heiligenstein Bonnie and Joe Hovish Peter and Emily Howard Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Hunter, Jr. Debbie Hyndman Bill and Kristen Inman Jeanine Isham John and Frances Jacobs Stephen and Anne Jay Jeanette Kassebaum Scott and Caran Keller Jack King Richard and Gwen Knipstein R. Edward and Nancy Koskie Katie and Camron Land Jack E. and Karen Kay Leonard Rebecca Lomax-Sumner and John Sumner Bob Lucid Sandy and Greg MacAllister Pamela and John Martin Zygmunt and Karen Mazanowski Norman and Ginny Mazurowski Richard and Cheryl McDonald Irma and Caryssa Mesa Graham and Julie Milldrum Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Moore, Jr. Frank N. and Patricia L. Owings Nancy Peterson and Dennis Drews Joel and Karen Piassick Theodore Popowchak Gayle Reed and Todd Felgen Marjorie and Victor Riemenschneider Julia Ritter



Tim and Linda Robb Stephen and Sue Rodia Faith Roessel and Matthew Slater Arthur Rosen Beverly Ruebeck Dr. Yocheved Samson and Mr. Joel Samson Kenneth and Siobhan Schafer Judith Schaffer Warren and Jill Schimpff Michael and Kathleen Schneider Richard and Carol Schwartz Willa and Lon Shultz Jerrold and Ellen Simon Gerry and Karen Stillions William and Sharon Theobald P. Michael and Carolyn M. Tolson Robert and Barbetta True Pam and John Ulrich Larry and Nancy Van Arendonk Patrice and John Waidner Bruce and Candace Walker Ronald and Mary Ann Wallace Dr. Susan and David Wantz Nicholas and Terry Watson Courtenay and Emily Weldon John and Janice Williams Thomas and Denise Wilson Y. Rosalind Wolen Bernard and Lisa Wood John and Carla Zerkle Dr. Don Zimmerman Jen and Christine Zyromski Donors All memorial and honorarium gifts are listed. Gifts in other categories are for $100 or more. Annual Fund and other designated gifts Blanche Allen David and Mary Allen Amy and Michael Alley Robert M. and Sally G. Anderson Anonymous (16) Carol Barmore and Phil Hineman Sarah C. Barney Kai Binford George and Susan Black

Ted and Peggy Boehm Linda Bolden-Smith Robert and Terry Bowen Barbara J. Briggs Carolyn Burkley Kathy A. Cala and Danny R. Cala Brian and Renee Carberry Peter Chen Charles and Helen Coghlan Dr. and Mrs. Michael R. Cohen Bryan Corbin and Susan Orr Carole and Richard Darst Forest and Marsha Daugherty Federico and Rosa Maria Dies John and Elizabeth Fawcett Patty and Thomas Gibbs Mr. and Mrs. Max Gibson James and Sareta Gregory George and Lisa Hallmark August Hardee, II Eric and Pamela Hinkle Tom and Sue Hoback John and Marilyn Hoffman Stan and Sandy Hurt Charley and Sheryl Hutchins Debbie Hyndman Holly Jaycox and Andrew Brightman James Kincannon and Charles Goad Ann W. King Benny and Vicky Ko Kay F. Koch Lezlie Laxton Norris and MaLes Lineweaver John and Laura Ludwig Linda and Marvin Maguire Steve and Jane Marmon Barbara and Ron Masters James and Kathleen McGrath Richard and Cynthia Miyamoto Christina Morris Col. James Mutter and General Carol Mutter Wendy and Bruce Pallman John and Gail Paul Jay and Sally Peacock Margaret Piety and Josef Laposa Mr. and Mrs. James D. Price Dr. Newell O. Pugh, Jr. Brad and Cindy Quinn

Sculptor Michael Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), right, was interviewed Feb. 7 by journalist Jill Ditmire of the WFYI program “Curious Mix” before the opening of the exhibition of his work, Please Touch: The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo. The exhibition in the Eiteljorg’s Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery has been extended to Feb. 9, 2021. Find media coverage of the Naranjo exhibition at this link: and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Mr. Hilary Raab, Jr. Scott and Janette Rogers José and Mary Ann Sánchez Thomas and Linda Sands Roger and Barbara Schmenner Tara and Marc Sciscoe Thomas and Evelyn Seeley Joan SerVaas and Larry Roan Judith Silverman Edward and Carol Smithwick Jeffery and Christy Soldatis James R. Sparks Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Taylor Judy and Joe Thomas Bill and Jeanette Thomas Diane G.Thompson Gil Waldman* and Christy Vezolles Wendy and Ron Walker Dr. and Mrs. Don C. Weiser Emily West Jack and Julia Wickes John D. Wilson Bill and Roberta Witchger Marion Wolen Jim and Karen Wolf Christine Woodward-Duncan Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Zimmerman Steven and Susan Zumdahl

A traveling exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, For A Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw, is on view at the Eiteljorg and has been extended to Aug. 9. It features documentary-style photographs by a Kiowa photographer of his Oklahoma community during the mid-20th century. Details: 12

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Gifts in Honor and Memory received from December 2, 2019– March 31, 2020 In Honor of Jennifer Complo McNutt Harry Nungesser In Memory of Jan Eason Tamara Mitman In Honor of Eiteljorg Staff John Vanausdall In Honor of Kristin and Sergio Gigli Sue Hittle In Honor of Kay Hinds, Molly Sass, Sally Dickson and the Rest of the Wonderful Development Team for All of Their Hard Work and Dedication Sarah and Evan Farthing In Honor of Evelyn and Tom Seeley Jacqueline and William Kingston In Honor of Patsy Solinger Mark Chestnut In Memory of Richard Lewis Bloch Lorenzo Clayton In Memory of Joan Elder John Vanausdall In Memory of Nancy Greve Colleen Bailie In Memory of Harry Fonseca Harry Nungesser In Memory of Needham S. Hurst Susie and Howard Maxwell John Vanausdall In Memory of P.E. MacAlllster John Vanausdall In Memory of Gerald Paul Nataly and Jonathan Lowder John Vanausdall In Memory of Dr. Cory SerVaas Nataly and Jonathan Lowder John Vanausdall In Memory of Inge L. Twitchell Rob and Evelyn Twitchell In Memory of Larsen Twitchell Cleveland Twitchell In Memory of Mrs. Barbara Wood Peter Wood Ella Kay and John W. Timothy Family Memorial Fund Charlene K. Timothy Charlene and Dr. John W. Timothy, Jr. *Deceased

Foundation, corporation and government gifts $500,00 and above Lilly Endowment, Inc. $100,000-$499,999 David H. & Barbara M. Jacobs Foundation Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund, a Central Indiana Community Foundation Fund $50,000-$99,999 Butler Family Foundation Fifth Third Bank $25,000–$49,999 Capital Group Chase Private Client The Forest Fund, Inc. Oxford Financial Group, Ltd. $10,000–$24,999 Central Indiana Community Foundation Indianapolis Colts Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP National Endowment for the Arts OneAmerica The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation The Swisher Foundation $5,000–$9,999 Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Citizens Energy Group Don Hinds Ford Ice Miller LLP Indiana Blind Childrens Foundation Pacers Sports & Entertainment $2,500–$4,999 Bosma Enterprises $1,000–$2,499 Bessemer National Gift Fund Gregory & Appel Insurance Joanne W. Orr Charitable Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation Krivi Arts, Humanities and Sciences Fund Vision Communities, Inc. $100-$999 Ambrose Property Group Crimson Tate Easter Conservation Services Indiana Humanities Jungclaus-Campbell Co., Inc. LUNA Language Services Quilts Plus The Benevity Community Impact Fund The Saltsburg Fund – Donald W. Buttrey Matching gift companies Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. In-Kind donations Anonymous Biggby Coffee DeBrand Fine Chocolates Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Faegre Drinker) Honeymoon Image & Design Susan and Mike Lewis Macaron Bar Stuart’s Household Furniture Moving and Storage, Inc. Sutton Garten


Western Art Society gifts Ryan C. Fuhrmann Project 2021 Endowment Estate of John H. and Phyllis B. Holliday Jungclaus-Campbell Co., Inc. F. Timothy Nagler* In Memory of Gerald Paul Phyllis Cockerill Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Zimmerman Drs. Susan and Robert Stephens Artist in Residence Fund Dr. Robert Stephens Project 2021 and Project Silver Moon capital campaigns Michael and Terra Aguirre Sue and Michael Back

Frank and Katrina Basile Drs. Richard and Becky Feldman The Forest Fund, Inc. Jasmin French Tim Garnett and Peter Slaymaker Karen and Joseph Glaser Fred and Angie Green The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation Tom and Sue Hoback Cindy and Robert Hoye Kelly and Stephan Masoncup Virginia Merkel Joan SerVaas and Larry Roan Robert and Barbara Shortle Chad Slaughter Don and Angela Woodley Mr. and Mrs. C. Daniel Yates

IN MEMORIAM The Eiteljorg recently lost three longtime supporters who each left a lasting impact on the museum: Christel DeHaan, 1942-2020 Businesswoman and philanthropist Christel DeHaan, who died June 6, was founder of Christel House International, an educational nonprofit with schools around the world. Co-founder of Resort Condominiums International, DeHaan supported many arts organizations. Her gift to the Eiteljorg’s Eye on the Future capital campaign created the Christel DeHaan Family Terrace, an elegant sculpture garden connecting the museum’s outdoor space to the Central Canal. Over the years, grants from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation supported entertainment at Indian Market and Festival, the 2013 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, WestFest, the Day of the Dead Community Celebration and the Artist in Residence program. She was a member of the Eagle Society for several years. Richard Wood, 1926-2020 Business executive and World War II veteran Richard “Dick” Wood, who died April 16, had a 43-year career with Eli Lilly and Company, which included leading the pharmaceutical company as president, chief executive officer and ultimately chairman of the board. Wood and his late wife, Billie Lou Wood, supported many arts organizations, including the Eiteljorg. They were Eagle Society members and were generous donors to the Eye on the Future capital campaign. The Billie Lou and Richard Wood Fountain, a water sculpture featuring life-size bronze deer created by artist Ken Bunn, is named in their honor, and welcomes museum and city visitors. Gilbert D. Waldman, 1931-2020 Art collector and businessman Gil Waldman, who died June 6, was a philanthropist who supported several Western American art museums, including the Eiteljorg. Waldman was a member of the Eiteljorg’s National Board of Advisors since 2013. He his wife, art consultant Christy Vezolles, were Friends of Indian Market and Festival, participants in the Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale, Eagle Society members since 2013 and supporters of the annual fund and Project Silver Moon capital campaign. Gil and Christy hosted Eagle Society trips, and their art collection and hospitality are remembered by travelers from the museum.

BEAUTIFUL NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY: ORDER ONLINE The Eiteljorg Museum Store offers an outstanding selection of beautiful Native American jewelry and Western home décor. The store also offers books about Native Americans and the American West, including beautiful coffee table art books, exhibit catalogs and cookbooks. Our store staff is also pleased to provide personal concierge shopping services and assist you with finding that perfect item. The Museum Store is open on the same days and hours as the Eiteljorg Museum. The store also can take orders online and ship merchandise. To shop online, visit or call 317.275.1300 or email STORE HOURS MON–SAT: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SUN: Noon to 5 p.m. 317.275.1300 800.878.7978 @Eiteljorg.Store

The Eiteljorg management and staff send their condolences to the families and friends of Christel DeHaan, Richard Wood and Gil Waldman.

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DÍA DE MUERTOS COMMUNITY CELEBRATION LATE OCTOBER–EARLY NOVEMBER VIRTUAL EVENTS Each year the Eiteljorg has partnered with the Latino-American heritage group Nopal Cultural to celebrate Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday celebrated in Mexico and around the world to remember loved ones who have passed. This year’s all-new virtual format will feature beautiful and exciting Day of the Dead performances, artist talks, altars and more.


JINGLE RAILS: THE GREAT WESTERN ADVENTURE NOV. 21–JAN 18 Don’t miss this holiday family tradition. Model trains chug through beautifully imagined landscapes and landmarks of the American West and downtown Indianapolis. See the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and other iconic places, recreated with all-natural materials, at Jingle Rails. PRESENTED BY:

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