The 16th IIAmericas Celebration is an annual event sponsored by the Indigenous Institute of the Americas. Our outdoor venue is on the sacred buffalo trails of north Texas@ ahn daw gaw beeh’-where the prairie meets the big trees-(Kiowa Translation).
The Venue, Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, 101 Chisholm Trail, Cleburne, TX 76033, is located 30 miles south of Ft. Worth, Texas. The land is on Lake Pat Cleburne and the beautiful Eastern Cross Timbers eco-system, home to nesting eagles and other wonderful plants and wildlife.
This year we will have 2 vendor categories. American Indian Artists and Indigenous Market Place vendors We will ask both types of vendors to present items that are handcrafted and/or handmade by the artist and/or their family. No mass-produced items or items produced outside the Americas will be allowed. This year for the first time, we are allowing artists to sell family items because of the new challenges to the health of our elders and travel expenses.
American Indian Artist category: will comply with the Indian Arts and Crafts act through documentation of their Tribal enrollment. The IIA committee will highlight educational initiatives to explain compliance with the Act, its history, importance, and impact on preserving traditional and contemporary art.
Indigenous Market Place category: will also identify their tribal affiliations and provide information about the geography and culture of their tribes. Items for sale must represent the vendors or the family/tribe’s craftwork. The Indigenous Market Place would be the appropriate vendor category for products such as Traditional medicines, soaps, plants, teas, foods, regalia, fabric, basketry, or other items unique to their traditional homelands.
Our overall goal is to honor the American Indian/Native Tribes from the North Pole to the South Pole and maintain our cultural event’s spirit and integrity.
Your booth will be confirmed when we receive the following information and review your booth reservation as an American Indian Artist or Indigenous Market Place Vendor for 2023.
1. Completed Application with $25.00 reservation fee (we will apply this to your booth fee.) We will roll over your reservation fee to our next annual event if you must cancel. We cannot prorate your payment if you must leave the event early. Your vendor fees are critical to the organization providing a quality event.
2. For American Indian Artists, provide a copy of your official enrollment documentation in a Federal or State recognized Tribe or Certification as an Indian artisan. American Indian artists are welcome to bring contemporary and traditional arts and crafts that reflect our culture. In addition, we want your booth to reflect your unique craftsmanship and/or a family member you represent.
3. For Indigenous Market Vendors, provide information about your family Tribal affiliations and include helpful information for our committee about the traditional homelands and unique culture of your Tribe. Our event and organization focus on education; we hope the market can be that opportunity.
4. Description of original work that reflects what you will sell at the event. Please send 2 or 3 recent pictures (with descriptions) of your work that we can post online to promote you. These can be sent as JPG, PNG, or PDF.
Please do not bring items mass-produced. This includes items with a Native theme, but the companies that manufacture them are not from the US or are not from Native-owned business.
•American Indian artists can bring both contemporary and traditional arts and crafts. Please bring no items that are not made by youAny exceptions must be approved by the event committee.
The American Indian Artists and the Indigenous Market Place vendors can sell items from Native Owned businesses, but this should account for no more than 1/4 of their products. (Please keep your purchase information available should someone ask you for varification)
The reduced Booth Fee for return American Indian and Indigenous Market Vendors is
$125 for 10 x 10 if reserved by December 31, 2022
$150 if booked by March 23, 2023.
New Vendor’s booths are
$175.00 for 10 x 10 if reserved by December 31, 2022 — $200 if reserved by March 23, 2023
All booth fees must be fully paid by March 23, 2022.
•Check made out to
“Indigenous Institute of the Americas.”
Mailing Address: IIAmericas 3908 Coronado Dr. Plano, TX 75074.
Payments by credit card, debit or Square can be paid through our website at www.iiamericas.org under the Artist Vendor Tab.
A donation for our raffle will be very welcome but not required.
Weather and other exciting things.
The average temperature in Cleburne, TX, April 1 is 53°F to 70°F. We discovered there has been no rainfall recorded for several years during the days of our event. Sunrise is about 7:15am and sunset at 7:50 pm. We are a rain or shine event, but we recognize today’s world can be impacted by the pandemic and other surprises. Therefore, we are committed to returning any event fees should we be forced to shut down due to the pandemic; a decision to close will be communicated to the artists and other participants no later than March 19, 2023.
Artists should plan on bringing their own canopies, tables, and chairs. You are welcome to bring in your own food. We will have a host hotel, and there are camping sites at Cleburne State Park. Reserve campsites as soon as possible.
IIAmericas will confirm your booth reservation as an American Indian Artist Vendor for 2023 once we receive the following information.
Completed Application with $25.00 reservation fee (we will apply this to your booth fee.) If you must cancel, please try to give us 48 hr. notice so another artist can use your space. Then, we will roll over your reservation fee to our next annual event. If you do not stay for the entire three days, we will not prorate your fee.
A photo or copy of your official Tribal Documentation of enrollment in a Federal or State recognition. State Recognized tribes will require verification from the State Attorney General. Our Artist Liaison will do this for you and let you know as soon as we receive an acknowledgment by the AG’s office.
There will be two categories of vendors. American Indian Artist Vendors and Indigenous Market Place. This section is related to the American Indian Artist Vendors.
American Indian Artist Vendors section:
We only accept Artists who meet the criteria for selling American Indian artwork according to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. (see video for more information)
•Description of original artworks you will display at the event. (2 or 3 pictures that represent the items you will be selling at the event and that we can post online to promote you) These can be sent through our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a JPG, PNG, or PDF. We are looking for traditional and contemporary crafts and artwork. Specifically handmade and handcrafted items by the artist who will be attending the booth or a direct representative of the artist in the event they cannot attend due to health.
The reduced Booth Fee for return SFD Artists is $150 for 10 x 10 if reserved by February 20, 2023. — $200 is the regular price.
New Vendors booths are a reduced fee of $175.00 for 10 x 10 if reserved by February 20, 2023. — $250 is the regular price.
All booth fees must be fully paid by March 23, 2023.
Check- should be made out to “Indigenous Institute of the Americas” Mailed to IIAmericas 3908 Coronado Dr. Plano, TX 75074.
Payments by credit card, debit, or other apps can be paid on our website at www.iiamericas.org
We welcome donations for our raffle, but it is not required.
We look forward to seeing all our friends and family together again.
We want to thank all the American Indian artists who sell their jewelry, pottery, leatherwork, paintings, and other art pieces at our event.
We take pride in doing our very best to follow the guidelines of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and all subsequent regulations. The original spirit and intent of the law are to protect the sovereignty and integrity of AMERICAN INDIAN ARTISTS and the Traditional knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation.
This ACT defines an American Indian artist as an enrolled member of any Federally or State-recognized Tribe (as defined by the law) of the United States/Canada or certified as an artisan by their Indian Tribe.
P.L. 101-644 makes it illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell, any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced within the United States.
Penalties for violating this law are severe. For example, individuals can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. In addition, a business that violates the Act can face civil penalties or be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.
We want the public to experience the beauty and expertise of traditional and contemporary American Indian arts and crafts. The arts and crafts act is about truth in advertising. American Indian artists at our event have provided the documentation of enrollment or certification as artisans by their Tribe. We ask all artists to help us honor this commitment to authenticity and artisanship. Sells should be primarily one-of-a-kind products made by the artist representing the booth. Some Tribes and families produce products meeting the guidelines of Indian-made items, but they may appear Mass-produced. Information about the items such as blankets, clothing, t-shirts with Native style symbols should be presented to our committee before the event with information about their origins and, if approved, clearly labeled. These products may be trendy, but the primary items for sale at the artist’s booth should reflect the individual artisan.
****The Indigenous Institute of the Americas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting accurate knowledge about the Indigenous people from all over the Americas. We want the public to be aware that the first American Indian Nations, who were protectors of what is now known as Texas, were harshly impacted by the political struggles that have taken place on these lands by foreign governments since 1528. These struggles are reflected in their many years’ fight to regain their inherent legal sovereignty.
Our Texas Tribes have been working on Texas State Recognition to receive the protections under the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Indian Child Welfare Act, and more. We hope this event can bring awareness to our unique history and legal struggles. The federal agency which oversees The Indian Arts and Crafts Act has stated that verification of state recognition comes from the Attorney General’s office in a state like ours with no Indian Commission. Unfortunately, we have not been successful in receiving this verification/validation from the State of Texas Attorney General’s office for any non-federally recognized tribes. If your Tribe/Nation can provide a letter from the Texas AG’s office to verify state recognition, we would be eternally thankful!
*State Recognition “Any Indian group that has been formally recognized as an Indian tribe by a State legislature or by a State commission or similar organization legislatively vested with State tribal recognition authority.”
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or contact Alicia Crook – Artist Liaison at 214-406-3432