6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-775-4750 • Fax: 989-775-4770
Open Mon. thru Sat. 10am - 6pm • Closed Sundays

Stefanie Griffin, Sales & Events Coordinator • SGriffin@sagchip.org
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858
Phone 989.775.4744 • Fax 989.775.4770 • www.sagchip.org/ziibiwing

For Immediate Release - October 10, 2010

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan  The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways awarded over $16,000 to twenty-four North American Indian artists during a very well attended VIP Preview event in the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort's Entertainment Hall on Friday, October 1. A member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, Amado M. Pena, Jr.'s piece entitled "Mestizo Series: Sea Ania" was recognized as this year's Best of Show winner.

The Indigenous Peoples Art Market held in the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort's Entertainment Hall on Oct. 2 & 3 is free and open to the public. Nowhere else in Michigan will the public get the chance to purchase artwork from such a diverse gathering of some of the most renowned North American Indian artisans on the continent. The event is known as one of the finest North American Indian juried art shows and art markets in the country.

Fifty-three North American Indian artists representing categories such as jewelry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, drawings, graphics, baskets, and diversified art forms will be displaying and selling their work throughout the weekend. The artists featured come from tribes including the Ojibwe, Navajo, Miami, Mohawk, Ho-Chunk, Iroquois, Potawatomi, Oneida, and more. "It is an honor to be part of the Ziibiwing Center's Art Market. This is my fourth year of attending as an artist. I look forward to meeting the staff that works so hard to make this show possible for us. 2008 was successfully held in the casino which I thought was the best show ever. It was very well organized…," says Herbert Joe of White Lake, Mich. commenting on the previous Indigenous Peoples Art Market.

On both days there will be artist demonstrations, song and dance exhibitions, a children's activity area, and many opportunities to interact with the artists. The Art Market will be open from 11am to 9pm on Saturday, October 2, and 11am to 3pm on Sunday, October 3. The 8th Indigenous Peoples Art Market is free and open to the public.

The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways in Mount Pleasant, Mich. is the Midwest's Premier American Indian Museum. Established in 2004, the Ziibiwing Center is a distinctive treasure created to provide an enriched, diversified, and culturally relevant educational experience through its award-winning Diba Jimooyung (Telling Our Story) permanent exhibit, changing exhibits, research center, Ojibwe language immersion room, gift shop, Wi-Fi coffee & media lounge, and meeting rooms. The Ziibiwing Center is a non-profit cultural center and museum belonging to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan who also own Michigan's only four diamond casino resort, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, and the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino located in Standish, Mich.

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