American Indian Studies

As part of its commitment to continuing education, the Heard Museum Guild presents several Short Courses each year. The aim of these classes is to enhance the students’ respect for native peoples and to develop an appreciation of their art and culture. It is not necessary to be a member of the Guild or the Museum to enroll in these courses.

The schedule for this year’s series of Short Courses is as follows:

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January, 2018 The American Indian Fine Art MovementFrom Awa Tsireh to T.C. Cannon

Note: This is a two session Short Course
When:Saturdays January 13 & January 20, 2018
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Monte Vista
Linda Hefter (
Phyllis Manning (

Short Course Fee: $45

Registration is Online: HERE.

This two-session Short Course will explore the history of the American Indian Fine Art Movement from the 1800s when Native American artists first started drawing on paper to the birth of American Indian Modernism in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Heard Museum staff and docents will explore a wide variety of topics including:

  • Ledger Art
  • San Ildefonso Water Color Artists with emphasis on Awa Tsireh
  • Dorothy Dunn and the Studio Style
  • The Kiowa and Bacone Artists in Oklahoma
  • New Indian Painting in the 1950s
  • Founding of the Institute of American Indian Arts and the work of early instructors and students including Fritz Scholder, Alan Houser and T.C. Cannon

Special focus will be given to Awa Tsireh and T.C. Cannon two of the most prominent artists in the history of the American Indian Fine Art Movement. Both artists are currently featured in Heard Museum exhibits. The T.C. Cannon exhibit opens Oct. 7 and runs through Apr. 15. The Awa Tsireh exhibit opens Nov. 3 and runs through July 15.

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Prepare for the Fair Lecture Series: Celebrate Excellence

Thursdays, February 1, 8, 22 and Saturday, February 17

Series Details
9:00 am – 9:30 am    Registration, continental breakfast and mingle
9:30 am – 12:30 pm  Session (includes a short refreshment break)

Members: $50 (includes 1 Museum admission, good for 1 year)

Non-members: $70 (includes 2 Museum admissions, good for 1 year)

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Questions or to register offline: Contact Course Registrar, Kim Schrader at 860.881.3833 or

Thursday, February 1 / Glitz, Glamour, It’s the Gaussoins

The Gaussoins, accomplished jewelers and artists, are descended from Navajo silversmiths and weavers, Picuris Pueblo potters, as well as singers and sculptors. Connie Tsosie Gaussoin; sons Lt. Colonel Jerry Gaussoin, Jr., Wayne Nez, and David; daughter Tazbah; and granddaughter (Jerry’s daughter) Kehasbah.

Thursday, February 8 / Form, Function, Philosophy, Folwells

The Folwells are Santa Clara Pueblo pottery makers. Jody; daughters Susan and Polly Rose; and granddaughter (Polly’s daughter) Kaa.

Saturday, February 17 / Check back soon for program details

Thursday, February 22 / Dazzle and Delight

Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo, Chiricahua Apache, Anglo), wife, Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo) and brother Chris Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo/Chiricahua Apache). Brothers Pat and Chris are jewelers. Marla Allison is a painter.

Anita Hicks, PFF Chairperson –
Kim Schrader, Facilitator –

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April 2018: Home: Native Peoples in the Southwest

Home: Native Peoples in the Southwest

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Saturdays March 31 & April 7, 2018

Note: This is a two session course

Location: Encanto

Instructor: Linda Hefter (

Facilitator: Mary Lee Madison (

Short Course Fee: $45

Register and Pay for the Course: HERE

Come meet the peoples who have lived and thrived in the Southwest from Prehistoric to Current times. The two-part course will include an exciting overview of the land, culture and history of both the ancient peoples of the Southwest and the federally recognized tribes and pueblos who call Arizona and New Mexico home today.

Session Two on April 7 will also include an introduction to the Native American Fine Art Movement and a highlights tour of the Heard’s T.C. Cannon and Awa Tsireh exhibits.

Whether you have lived in the desert for years or are new to the Southwest, don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this special place we all call Home.

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