Kickoff the Thanksgiving Holiday at the Yanaguana Indian Arts Market!

Friday 15th, November 2019 / 12:05 Written by
Kickoff the Thanksgiving Holiday at the Yanaguana Indian Arts Market!

Connect with Native American Culture and Art at the Briscoe’s Annual Yanaguana Indian Arts Market

Highlighting the continued vibrancy and artistic traditions of Native American communities, the Briscoe Western Art Museum invites everyone to enjoy its sixth annual Yanaguana Indian Arts Market and Community Days, Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is free and includes admission to enjoy the Briscoe Western Art Museum, making it a perfect way to celebrate the important role Native Americans played in shaping the West. With ceremonial drum circles, Chickasaw story tellers, native flute players and Grammy-winning artists sharing their culture through song, movement, storytelling and audience participation, Yanaguana offers a glimpse into traditional and contemporary Native American culture.

Offering visitors a glimpse into traditional and contemporary Native American culture, the free community event features a collective of Native American artists showcasing and selling their handcrafted works of art, in addition to musical performances and dancing. The event features storytelling, artist demonstrations of painting, printmaking, pottery, weaving and carving, as well as Native American-inspired food. More than 40 of the most respected Native American artists are participating, performing, showcasing and selling their handmade works of art. Yanaguana Indian Arts Market also features workshops and lectures celebrating Native American culture. The event starts with a special blessing, followed by a ceremonial drum circle where everyone is invited to join.

Yanaguana Indian Arts Market

“Spotlighting the traditions, crafts and art of our Native American community helps illustrate a key component of the American West,” said Michael Duchemin, President and CEO of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. “The performances and art tell a story that’s compelling for all ages, making the event a true family affair.”

Yanaguana Indian Arts Market is one of four community events the Briscoe features throughout the year offering families a chance to explore the Briscoe and enjoy activities tied to the museum’s mission. The annual event is named in honor of the Payaya people who were indigenous to the San Antonio area. “Yanaguana” was the word they used to describe what is now known as San Antonio River. The market honors the groups with historical roots in the San Antonio area and highlights a core pillar of Western Art featured in the Briscoe’s collection. The market has been featured on the Briscoe calendar since the museum opened in 2014.

Yanaguana Indian Arts Market

In addition to special museum tours highlighting Native American art, event highlights include artist demonstrations and live music by Native American artists Tim Blueflint Ramel (flute), Innastate (reggae), and a drum circle by United San Antonio Pow Wow Inc. and Eagle Point Drumming. This year’s activities include a community weaving basket, pottery making, bead work jewelry making, wood carving, leather stamping and live music.

Participating artists represent more than two dozen federally recognized tribes from various parts of the country. The Yanaguana Market is held in accordance with the Indian Arts & Crafts Act of 1990, a critical piece of legislation that protects Native artists and consumers. Market attendees are assured that what they purchase is authentic and that the materials used are of the highest quality.

Yanaguana Indian Arts Market

While enjoying the market, visitors may also enjoy the museum’s permanent collection of Western art and artifacts, including special exhibitions that showcase the stories of the American Indian, the vaqueros of the Southwest, American cowboys, pioneering women and others that define the American West.

Guests may also tour the Briscoe’s fall exhibition, Art and the Animal, an exhibition featuring more than 100 paintings and sculptures reflecting the beauty of animals from around the world. The Society of Animal Artists’ 59th Annual Exhibition and Tour, Art and the Animal is on display through January 5, 2020. Devoted to promoting excellence in the artistic portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, the society’s membership represents a veritable who’s who of artists from around the world. The exhibition features a variety of mediums and a true zoo of animals, including those that call the West home.

Open daily, admission to The Briscoe Western Art Museum is free for children 12 and under, as well as active duty members of the military and up to four members of their family. Regular museum admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for retired military, first responders, educators, fireman and police officers. The Briscoe Western Art Museum offers extended hours and free admission every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m.

About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, preserves and presents the art, history, and culture of the American West through engagingexhibitions, educational programs and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage.Located at 210 W. Market Street along the San Antonio River Walk, the museum’s campus includes the restored1930s former San Antonio Public Library building, which now serves as the museum space with nine galleries onthree levels; the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs; and the outdoor McNuttSculpture Garden. For more information about the Briscoe Western Art Museum, visit, or follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @BriscoeMuseum.

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