Native American exhibitors from throughout the Chicago area and beyond will be offering authentic, handmade, traditional and contemporary art and craft items at the Mitchell Museum of the

American Indian’s annual Native Arts Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 5, from noon to 4 p.m.. This year’s bazaar will be located in the Mitchell Museum’s 3009 Central Street building, next door to the Evanston museum.

Native artists will be selling work ranging from paintings, ceramics, and

baskets to jewelry, beadwork, clothing, feather work, and more. Exhibitors retain all proceeds from their sales.

An exhibitors list will be released closer to the event.

Last year’s bazaar drew more than 20 exhibitors whose tribal affiliations

included Apache, Cherokee, Chocktaw, Dakota, Ho-Chunk, Jemez Pueblo, Lakota, Meherrin, Navajo, Northern Paiute, Ojibwe, Osage and Kaw, and Seneca and Cayuga.

The Mitchell Museum shop also offers bona fide Native-made items during the bazaar and throughout the year.

Adult admission to the bazaar is $5 and includes museum general admission. Bazaar admission is $3 for Mitchell Museum members. Children under 12 are admitted free to the bazaar but pay $2.50 if they wish to visit the museum.

Visitors to the bazaar have the opportunity to view the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. The latter will include “Intrigue and Novelty,” featuring the work of nine contemporary Native women artists; “Bolo Ties: Men’s Fashions”; “Carved with Care: Zuni Fetishes and Carvings”; and “Keepsake: Porcupine Quillwork.”

For information, phone (847) 475-1030. On the Net: http://www.mitchellmuseum.org.