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27th Annual American Indian Art Market and 1st Annual American Indian Film Festival

May 15, 2010 – 10:00 am - May 17, 2010 – 5:00 pm

Every year, the San Diego Museum of Man honors its commitment to American Indian culture through its art market and – starting this year – a film festival. The three-day event has something for everyone: American Indian art, films, music, family activities, and cuisine.

Artwork typically features jewelry, textiles, sculpture, baskets, pottery, paintings, and beadwork, in styles ranging from traditional to avant-garde. Artist demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend, both inside the Museum and in the outdoor California Plaza.  Dawngreeter will provide Native American flute music.  Tasty frybread and Indian tacos will be some of the cuisine available at food booths. On Saturday, kids can try their hand at making traditional crafts, such as abalone shell necklaces, seed bombs, or corn husk dolls. Or, they can play a Kumeyaay dice game. Art Market on the California Plaza is free, and family activities are included with paid admission to the Museum.

The Museum of Man’s first annual American Indian Film Festival is in collaboration with the American Indian Film Institute of San Francisco and brings a range of fun and engaging films to the screen. The Museum of Man is grateful to the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) for the use of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater. Films will be shown on Sunday, May 16. Admission to the films is free with a ticket purchased from the Museum of Man.

The American Indian Art Market and Film Festival represent a celebration of a longstanding appreciation by the Museum of Man for the indigenous cultures of the San Diego area as represented by the Museum’s permanent exhibit, Kumeyaay: Native Californians.  The Museum of Man also has four other permanent exhibits that display outstanding cultural collections and physical anthropology collections from around the world.

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Schedule: Friday, May 14: 6:00-9:00 p.m  Artist reception and dinner Funded by Viejas Enterprises and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Saturday, May 15: 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Artists’ booths on the Plaza
Family Day: crafts and activities for kids in the Museum
Girl Scouts can earn Native American Try-Its
Music and food Sunday, May 16: 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Artist booths on the Plaza
ONE DAY ONLY:  First Annual American Indian Film Festival at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater of Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA). Sponsored by the American Indian Film Institute of San Francisco Entertainment in the Museum of Man
Music and food

Where:  Museum of Man;1350 El Prado, Balboa Park

Cost:  Art Market: free; Admission to Museum and Film Festival: $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-17.


May 15, 2010 – 10:00 am
May 17, 2010 – 5:00 pm