Indian Traders Market

The Indian Traders Market and the Traders Village are both open for visitors whenever the Festival building is open to the public. The Traders Round Stage will offer music all day each day except during Grand Entries. All artists, craftspeople, merchants, and demonstrators have been specially chosen for this event based on specific criteria including Native production, artistic quality, cultural significance, educational value, booth presentation, and overall attitude.

    Largest Native Arts and Crafts Market in Our Area!!

The Indian Traders Market is the largest and most comprehensive Native fine arts and crafts presentation in our area. It is a visual feast of culture and a shoppers delight! You will find works of exquisite originality, some of the finest craftsmanship in the country, playful homespun styles, and affordable artifacts in every category of traditional and contemporary art and craft.

You will see jewelry, pottery, leather, silver, beads, fur, carvings, totems, blankets, drums, herbs, prints, paintings, flutes, baskets, wampum, turquoise, gourds, bows, bonework, gorgets, lances, flags, clothing, music, books, decals, moccasins, fetishes, feathers, stone, buttons, masks, shell, and wood. Artist and craft demonstrations will be performed throughout each day and will include: bead weaving, drum making, flintknapping (stone tool technology), bowmaking, pottery making, and basket weaving.

  Crafts and skills demonstrators on-site!

The Indian Trader's name and primary category will be prominently posted on their booth at all times. Categories are:  American Indian Artist: Arts and crafts made by American Indian artists as per IACA.  Native Art and/or Crafts:   Native style arts and crafts made by non-IACA artists.  Trader: Merchandise, materials, and supplies related to American Indian cultures. Any of the three categories above may also include the designation of Special Guest or Demonstrator.

If you have any questions regarding the art or crafts you are interested in purchasing, please do not hesitate to ask the Trader a direct question such as: "Is this IACA art?" or "Are you an IACA artist?"

The quality, desirability, value, and/or beauty of arts and crafts are not necessarily diminished by being non-IACA. However the Festival purpose is promoting American Indian peoples and their culture and to that end we require truth in our marketplace.

    View the Indian Market and Traders Village 2008 Listing!

We're proud of our artists, exhibitors, demonstrators, and merchants!

Indian Arts and Crafts Act

The Indian Arts and Crafts Laws are truth-in-advertising laws that prohibit misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or to display for sale, or to sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States.

For a first time violation of the Law, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. If a business violates the Law, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.

Under the Act, an Indian is defined as a member of any federally or State recognized Indian tribe, or an individual certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian tribe.

The law covers all Indian and Indian-style traditional and contemporary arts and crafts produced after 1935. The Act broadly applies to the marketing of arts and crafts by any person in the United States. Some traditional items frequently copied by non-Indians include Indian-style jewelry, pottery, baskets, carved stone fetishes, woven rugs, kachina dolls, and clothing.

All products must be marketed truthfully regarding the Indian heritage and tribal affiliation of the producers, so as not to mislead the consumer. It is illegal to market an art or craft item using the name of a tribe if a member, or certified Indian artisan, of that tribe did not actually create the art or craft item.

For additional information, please visit the website:
Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

See also Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

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