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The Indian Market is coming soon!

by Terry Burton, Digital Media Coordinator

The 2010 edition of the Fort Collins Indian Market is coming up on May 15-16. Presented by the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center, the Indian Market is two days of Native American music, arts, and crafts in Old Town Square. We are happy to once again be hosting nationally-recognized Native American artists who will offer pottery, basketry, bead work and more, with musical performances both days. The Indian Market is free and will be open both days from 10:00 am through 6:00 pm.

Start off each day with traditional drumming and dancing by Colorado State University’s own Ram Nation. Other musical guests will include singer-songwriter Kurt Humann, singer-songwriter Scotti Clifford from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Fort Collins’ own singer-songwriter Cary Morin, and the Pura Fe Trio, based out of Portland, Oregon.

Indian Market is one of the great Fort Collins weekends of the summer — please join us!

Scenes from the Indian Market

It was another gorgeous Colorado weekend and a fantastic time down in Old Town Fort Collins for the Fort Collins Museum’s annual Indian Market. Over two dozen Native American artists and craftspeople from six states were on hand with a wide variety of beautiful wares; Ram Nation kicked off each day with traditional drumming and singing, and then festival goers were treated to contemporary Native American music by Scotti Cliff and the Briggs Brothers, Plateros, and Casper and the Mighty 602. A huge thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who help make this such a great event, especially Anita and Cary Morin, Linda Aguilar, and Kim Tamkun (and family)!

Beautiful Native American crafts (photo by Matt Gale)

Beautiful Native American crafts (photo by Matt Gale)

Ram Nation drum group

Ram Nation drum group

Indian Market festival goers

Indian Market festival goers

Casper of Casper and the Mighty 602 Band (right) and Cary Morin

Casper of Casper and the Mighty 602 Band (right) and Cary Morin (photo by Matt Gale)

Scotti Cliff

Scotti Cliff

Fort Collins Museum Indian Market coming to Old Town on May 16-17

by Beth Higgins,Public Relations/Development Coordinator

The Fort Collins Museum presents the “Fort Collins Museum Indian Market” in Old Town Square on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Over 24 nationally-recognized Native American artists will offer pottery, basketry, bead work and more, with music and activities for kids available both days. The Indian Market is free and open to the public from 10:00 am through 6:00 pm on May 16, and noon to 5:00 pm on May 17. All events will be held in Old Town Square.

The weekend begins at 10 am on Saturday with a welcome performance by Colorado State University’s Ram Nation drum group, a Native American drum group comprised of CSU students, staff, and community members. The group was initiated to promote Native American traditions, to learn about the drum, and to serve as a support group. There are about 12 active members who perform at various pow wows and other community events.

Scotti Cliff and the Briggs Brothers take the stage at 11:30 am, incorporating an eclectic, spirit felt blend of original music that has been written for and about contemporary Native life. Hoping to connect with all nations of all ages, Scotti and the band share their own experiences of growing up on the reservation, while also sharing the relative challenges they face while traveling and performing off the reservation. Scotti Cliff has performed across the United States and Canada with Carlos Santana, Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, Buddy Red Bow, Stones of Red, Indigenous, and many other great musicians.

Plateros, a family blues band from a small Indian reservation west of the Rio Grande, will perform at 1:30. Within the last year this new band has played at several major festivals and shows from Seattle to Florida and Nashville. With 14 year old lead guitar player Levi, they give their audience an exciting performance, with a hard bluesy Tex/Mex sound combined with a positive message of hope and grace.

Casper and the Mighty 602 take the stage at 3:30 pm to close Saturday’s events. Casper Lomayesva is a young Hopi singer who has created a sound that combines his native roots with the positive vibes of Reggae music. Casper’s music is filled with hope and power. The words are a reflection of his philosophy on life, influenced not only by the sounds of crucial Reggae music, but of traditional Hopi culture.

All bands play a second performance during the Sunday event, beginning at noon and closing at 5:00 pm.

Featured artists include Fort Collins resident and basket maker Linda Aguilar, whose fine horsehair baskets are on permanent display of outstanding examples of contemporary art in the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. When Nelson Mandela of South Africa visited Los Angeles, Mayor Tom Bradley presented him with one of Aguilar’s baskets, and The Dalai Lama has been presented with her baskets as well. 

The Fort Collins Indian Market will be open from 10:00 AM through 6:00 PM on May 16, and noon to 5:00 PM on May 17. All events will be held in Old Town Square. For more information about the Fort Collins Indian Market call (970) 221-6738.

Artisan at the 2008 Fort Collins Museum Indian Market

Artisan at the 2008 Fort Collins Museum Indian Market

Contemporary Native American music

Contemporary Native American music

Traditional Native American dancing and music

Traditional Native American dancing and music

Fun activities for kids!

Fun activities for kids!

Indian tacos - you know you want one!

Indian tacos - you know you want one!


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