Indianapolis: Taking A Walk

Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Indianapolis from State Soldiers and Sailors Monument

 

During our visit to Indianapolis for the 2015 Indy MotoGP, we got a second to get away from all the heart-pounding action, and tour the city before the big race.

We headed to the first place we could walk to from our hotel in Indianapolis and wound up in the Eiteljorg Museum.

Eiteljorg Museum Indianapolis
Eiteljorg Museum Indianapolis

The Museum is located downtown; a walkable distance from the large mall and World War Memorial Plaza. A breathtaking collection of Native American Art gathered by Harrison Eiteljorg is housed within these walls. The Museum is very well taken care of by the lovely staff, which are very knowledgeable about the art currently living in the museum. As a result, they can guide you, and point you to where you want to go. One of the many excellent services they provide are coat checks, which is hugely helpful with the crazy weather in Indianapolis, they can even hold your backpacks for you so you can be completely comfortable. It was truly a pleasure touring the halls; learning and being able to see so many great pieces of American Indian history. If you happen to come by Indianapolis, maybe even for the MotoGP weekend like us, make sure to take a stop at the Eiteljorg Museum and just soak it in.

Here are a few shots we took.

Katsina Carving Heheyas Uncle Eiteljorg
Katsina Carving Heheyas Uncle Eiteljorg

Katsina Carving, Heheya’s Uncle

Michael Dean Jenkins, Hopi (born 1959)

Clown Koshare Koyala Hopi
Clown Koshare Koyala Hopi

Clown (Koshare or Koyala)

Arthur Holmes, Sr. (Huminimptewa), Hopi (born 1945)

Cactus Yunga Katsina Carving Hopi
Cactus Yunga Katsina Carving Hopi

Cactus (Yung’a) Katsina Carving

Stetson Honyumptewa, Hopi (born 1959)

Haida Thunderbird Headdress - Robert Davidson
Haida Thunderbird Headdress – Robert Davidson

Haida Thunderbird Headdress Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson

Haida, born 1946

Haida Thunderbird Headdress

 

There were plenty of other Exhibits in the Museum including one on the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance, an influential organization of vigilantes responsible for holding many accountable during early crime sprees; The Committee forced many corrupt officials to resign. Sadly there were no pictures allowed of the displays but were fascinating so make sure to check the exhibit out.

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