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Haskell Indian Art Market to make comeback this year; two-day event is this weekend

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The Haskell Indian Art Market this weekend will return for the first time since 2019, with jewelry, pottery, carvings, paintings, clothing and other handmade pieces by Native American creators for sale.

The two-day market, hosted by Haskell Indian Nations University, is returning after a three-year break due to COVID-19. Attendees will be able to browse and purchase original artwork as well as traditional Native American food, such as Indian tacos.

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“It provides an economic opportunity for Native American artists, as well as encouraging cross-cultural understanding and exchange,” Steff Fernando, Haskell Indian Art Market coordinator, said of this weekend’s event. “The market also provides an opportunity for Haskell Indian Nations University, specifically, to showcase its staff, students and resources to the community, and as much as is possible, Haskell’s resources will be used to provide the services, such as food and entertainment, for the market.

“We are grateful to have our students back and without their help this event would not happen.”

The market is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 at Haskell Pow Wow Grounds, 2535 W. Perimeter Road in Lawrence. Live entertainment is slated for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. both days.

Both admission and parking will be free, but attendees are encouraged to bring cash to purchase items as food vendors will only be accepting cash, said Fernando. Some artists may only accept cash, but others may offer other payment options. There will be an ATM available on-site for those who need it.

Organizers also note that pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals, and masks are optional.

Artisans interested in vending at the market, as well as any Haskell students, clubs or organizations interested in working the market can email hiam785@yahoo.com or call 785-749-8467 to inquire. The market will also accept last-minute art vendors on the day of, Fernando said.

For more information about the market and to stay updated, visit this link.

Lee Pahcoddy Jr./Contributed Attendees visit with an artist at the 2019 Haskell Indian Art Market. (Lee Pahcoddy Jr./Contributed Photo)

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