The First Americans Museum hosts the Winter Holiday Arts Market

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The First Americans Museum (FAM) will host its first Winter Holiday Arts Market (WHAM) from December 4 to 5.

Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., ‘WHAM @ FAM’ is free and open to the public, and will feature over 25 artists from Oklahoma’s tribal nations with artist demonstrations, children’s book readings, community partner booths and more.

“We are proud to be a platform for Oklahoma artists to showcase their work,” said FAM Executive Director and CEO James Pepper Henry (Kaw). “This is an opportunity for visitors to find unique native-made gifts that will only be available here at FAM. “

FAM Xchange Theater will feature readings from books by Sarah Brown (Choctaw) from the Metropolitan Library System at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on December 4 and 5.

JJ Otero, master silversmith, will also organize jewelry demonstrations on both days at 2 p.m.

“As many Native American markets and festivals are virtual, we have carefully selected a concise selection of artists for the market to keep it safe in person,” said Tom Farris (Otoe-Missouria / Cherokee), director of FAMstore. “We saw a need within our community for our artists and we wanted to support them not only through the FAMstore, but by giving them a chance to sell their work directly to collectors and the local community. “

There will be a special preview for members from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021.

The members-only night will feature a live Aboriginal fashion show with Jessica Harjo (Osage / Otoe-Missouria / Pawnee / Sac and Fox) of Weomepe Designs in collaboration with Noheart Designs and Ribbonroots.

Members will be able to shop early before the public while enjoying appetizers from Thirty Nine Restaurant.

For a full list of selected artists and community partners, visit the Winter Vacation Arts Market section of the FAM website.

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