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Artists needed for annual art market

Scott Csernyik

4/11/2002 12:00:00 AM

Ziibiwing Cultural Society officials are inviting Native artists to participate in the Third Annual Indigenous Peoples Art Market on Oct. 11-13 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.

"Our goal is to create the largest Native-hosted juried art show and market in the Great Lakes region," stated a letter from Chief Maynard Kahgegab Jr. and ZCS Director Bonnie Ekdahl on the Tribe's web site. "To help meet this goal, a group of knowledgeable professionals with special expertise in the field of Native art will select the winning artists in the juried art show."

Over $20,000 will be awarded in prize money and the winning artwork will be displayed in a special exhibit for the duration of the show. In addition to the juried art show, there will also be an art market. The art market is open to all applicants who are selected by the jury, including those who have been selected to compete in the juried art show.

Applicants must meet the following criteria for the art market:

-They must present documentation that they are an enrolled member of a North American federally recognized Tribe or a Canadian First Nation; or

-They must present documentation of at least one-quarter degree of Indian blood from a North American federally recognized Tribe of Canadian First Nation from either the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the Department of Indian Affairs;

-Unless the entrant is applying for the youth category, all applicants must be 18-years-old prior to the date of the market;

-The artist must submit a completed application packet to be eligible to participate. Incomplete packets will not be accepted; and

-All submitted papers must be official documents of applicant's Tribe/nation/agency or band.

All applications will be verified. A complete list of rules and regulations can be found by following the ZCS links at sagchip.org.

"We are very excited that the Ziibiwing Cultural Society continues to develop new programs and promotions that help us achieve our mission, which is to enlighten and educate Tribal and community members about the rich and vibrant culture of the Anishnabe people and their relatives," the letter further stated.

For more information about the event, call (800) 225-8172, extension 54121.