Artifacts – November 2016

Record your service hours! Remember, we want 60,000 hours to celebrate the Guild’s 60th Anniversary! Year to date: 16, 000 hours recorded or 25% of the goal. If you have questions or need assistance contact: Lucille Shanahan,, 623-556-1430.

Guild President Greeting

Volunteers are a treasure beyond measure! I wish to thank all Guild volunteers who have worked so hard to launch our fall programs and Guild activities! Let us especially thank the Library volunteers who have been displaced by the construction, the Information Desk volunteers who have welcomed our visitors with cheerful attitudes despite the noise and the Las Guias members who enthusiastically led great tours despite the noise and clutter of construction. We can see the end in sight of the construction and we know how lovely our Museum will be when this all is completed.

Do not forget the Staff Appreciation luncheon on Friday, Nov. 4 at 11:00 -1:30 p.m. Thank you the Nancy O’Neal for chairing this special event. Spanish Market is Nov. 12 and 13 and thank you to Joe Carter for chairing the Guild Hospitality for this event. Joe has placed boxes in the Guild room to receive your food donations for distribution to the Spanish Market artists. The Ornament Market is held in the Museum Shop November 25-27.

A big thank you to our shop volunteers who decorate the trees and work extra shifts during the sale. Thank you to the Student Art volunteers for being such great ambassadors for student art! You have the opportunity to purchase student note cards and student art prints both at Spanish Market and the Ornament Market.

The short course on Native Women and the Arts was a huge success thanks to our Education Department volunteers. At this time of year we pause to reflect on all we are thankful for and for me I am so grateful for the Guild members who go above and beyond to serve the Heard Museum!

Mary Endorf, Guild President

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Guild November Meeting
November 16, Steele Auditorium

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Speaker: Laura Gonzales-Macias, Ph.D.
Associate Director, American Indian Student Support Services
Instructional Professional, American Indian Studies 
Arizona State University

Highlights of Presentation

  • ASU’s American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS): Mission and American Indian/Alaska Native student population
  • The Heard Museum Guild Internship Program partners with AISSS to offer talented students opportunities that will contribute to academic success and promote professional skills.  Interns will share how this experience has impacted their academic and professional goals.
  • The Student Preparedness Initiative: Readiness Inspired by Tradition (S.P.I.R.I.T.; 2-week summer transition program) annual Heard Museum visit.
  • Highlights of the American Indian Convocation held in December and May.  The Heard Museum Eagle Spirit Award is given, at the American Indian Convocation, to two exceptional Native graduate students fulfilling a program of study at ASU.  The award recognizes these students’ dedication to American Indian communities through service and volunteering as well as their academic achievements.


  • 9:30 am :Coffee
  • 9:45 am: Business meeting, including Treasurer’s Report, approval of minutes, and announcements.
  • 10:00 am: Speaker: Laura Gonzales-Macias, Ph.D.
  • 11:00 am:  Sip and Sign  – socialize with fellow Guild members & sign up for volunteers positions, Short Courses and purchase note cards.

Kevin Washburn’s Presentation Last Month: Some members who attended the October Guild meeting and heard Mr. Washburn speak asked him afterwards if they could have a copy of his talk.  He has sent a Power Point of his presentation to Mark Kolman.  Mark would be happy to send you the Powerpoint in an attachment to an email.  If you are interested in getting a copy please email Mark at:

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New Guild Members


Kurt Kahlenbeck
Jane H. Lippmann
Jan McAdams

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Can You Help?

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Guild – Staff Appreciation Luncheon – We are a Team!

When: November 4, 2016
Time: 11:00 – 1:30
Where: Steele Auditorium

Please consider helping out at this very special event where we honor & thank ALL the staff members.

The theme this 15th anniversary year is We Are a Team, so come prepared to have fun, displaying your team spirit in any way that speaks to you: your favorite team’s jersey, a sports cap, a banner or other sports paraphernalia, etc.

Lunch will be an indoor tailgate party in Steele, so plan your food donation accordingly. Prepared dishes for the luncheon include salads, main dishes and desserts. Cash donations are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help set-up and clear-up.

If you can help Contact Nancy O’Neal at480-837-2050, or email:

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Museum Accounting Staff Needs Volunteers – Mercado de Las Artes

The Museum would be so grateful for some volunteer assistance during Mercado weekend.  We are going to be testing a different way of collecting visitor information and surveys this year:

Rather than have folks walking through the festival with paper surveys, instead, we will have a collection point for email addresses and/or business cards at both entrances (North entrance, and Ben-Horin entrance).  Patrons can put their business card into a bowl or fill out a paper slip and be entered to win a $50 iTunes gift card.  Following the event, we will send a survey request to all those for whom we collected emails.

In order to staff the effort, we would be looking for volunteers on the weekend of Mercado, plus one volunteer to assist with entering the contact information we receive on the Monday after the event.  Here is what we would be looking for:

Saturday, November 12th:  8 volunteers for two shifts

  • 9:00am – 1:00pm – SHIFT ONE, 4 volunteers requested (2 at each entry/exit point)
  • 12:30pm – 5pm – SHIFT TWO, 4 volunteers requested (2 at each entry/exit point)

Sunday, November 13th:  8 volunteers for two shifts

  • 9:00am – 1:00pm – SHIFT ONE, 4 volunteers requested (2 at each entry/exit point)
  • 12:30pm – 5pm – SHIFT TWO, 4 volunteers requested (2 at each entry/exit point)

Monday, November 14th:  1 volunteer from 10am – 4pm for data entry

The volunteers for the Saturday and Sunday shifts would ideally be able to stand for periods of time and would be comfortable with engaging with the public as the enter and/or leave.  There will be a table and chairs at each location for them to use and sit (but I do hope we can find some friends who won’t mind “chatting it up” with patrons).

I would meet each shift at their start time in the Ben-Horin Garden and we will have a briefing.  I think it should be fun for those who like this kind of thing…

Please contact Dan Hagerty, Director of Strategic Development at: 602.251.0218 or email:

The Accounting staff is in need of ONE MORE Cashier volunteers for Mercado de Las Artes, Sunday November 13th.

Cashiers: run hand-held credit card machines, process cash and check sales.

Please let Rita Parsons know if you would be available ASAP.  Email:; Phone: 602-251-0220

Volunteers to report to Encanto for their shift.
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Museum Event -15th Annual Mercado de Las Artes – Guild Hospitality

Nov. 12-13 From 10:00-5:00pm

The Guild (that’s you and me!) provides food and beverage to the 55+ artists and their families throughout the weekend. We need your help. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a simple breakfast of pastries (donated; you do not have to be a baker), instant oatmeal and coffee, and to distribute much appreciated snacks and water to the vendors on a set schedule during the day.

Donations of food items are also needed, in two categories: perishable and non-perishable. A box for non-perishables is available in the Guild Room for:

  • Packets of instant oatmeal
  • Packets of hot cocoa
  • Snack packs: Goldfish, nuts (peanuts, mixed nuts, whatever), cheese crack sandwiches, carrots, apples, raisins, other dried fruit, granola bars, trail mix, candy bars, Rice Krispee treats, etc.
  • Sunny-D and other individually packaged juice boxes

Perishable items that can be donated closer to the weekend include: string cheese, hard boiled eggs, cookies, mandarin oranges. Contact Joe Carter: 206 261-5046;

Admission to Spanish Market is free; a donation of $10 includes museum admission.

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Student Art Note Card Sales – Help Needed

All the proceeds from selling note cards go to the Heard Museum Guild Scholarship program, which funds four ASU Interns in the museum.

Sellers are needed for the following events and dates:

Spanish Market: November 13th 9:30 – 1:00 and 1:00 – 4:30

3 needed each shift

Ornament Market:
November 26th 9:30 – 1:00 & 1:00 – 4:30
November 27th 9:30 – 1:00 & 1:00 – 4:30

3 needed each shift

The cards are so popular with visitors, they practically sell themselves, but we need some helpers to take in the money at these fun events.

Volunteers should be Guild members, prepared to be outside and need to be able to stand much of the shift.

Thanks in advance from the Note Card Committee.

Questions call: Reta Severtson at 480 350 7660

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Guild Happenings

Guild Trips

Heard Museum membership is required for all participants. If you or your travel partner aren’t museum members, please visit and click on the support tab on the top banner of the home page for information on how to join

Beyond the Loom – Navajo Weaving Tour May 2017

Navajo_WeaverJoin the Heard Guild for another introspective experience into the world of the Navajo Weavers.

Led by second generation and lifelong trader, Mark Bahti with logistics and driving by Stephen Bernier.

We’ll spend five wonderful days visiting artists and traders throughout Navajo Nation, absorbing not simply their knowledge… but the knowledge and stories of their ancestors.

Through a wide range of activities you’ll experience and participate in the unique and various steps required to complete weaving process.

Sometimes this may be at an off the beaten path Trading Post or under a grove of Cottonwood in a beautiful sandstone valley.

We culminate the tour by participating in the Hubbell Rug Auction in Ganado.

This opportunity is very limited in participation. Contact Shelley Mowry for details:

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Short Courses

January 2017:Native Peoples of the Southwest: An Overview

Registration Open Now
5_Southwet_tribesCome meet the peoples who have lived and thrived in the Southwest from Prehistoric to Current times. The three-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 Three on January 27 will also include an introduction to the Native American Fine Art Movement and the Native American Renaissance in Literature.

Each of the three sessions will conclude with a 30 to 40 minute tour of the Heard Museum exhibits and sculpture. 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.

Instructor: Linda Hefter, Heard Museum Docent
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Monte Vista
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

Registration Fee: $45.00 (for all)

Contact Sidney Wilson, Course Facilitator to register:

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2017 Indian Fair & Market Update

Welcome back to those who were gone over the summer.  Many of our fair chairs and their committees have been busy all summer and into the fall.

Anita Hicks and her committee have been actively engaged in procuring the designers and demonstrators that will showcase our theme:  Weaving and Textiles.

Natalie Vandeventer, Museum Development Director has secured a new sponsor for the fair, the Arizona Lottery, who will be sponsoring the Best of Show Award and  increasing the amount to $4,500.

Friday night’s Best of Show Reception will be a magical evening: lots of twinkle lights and Luminarias with music played over the entire campus.  The winning artists will be with their art in Steele and  the silent auction which will be in South Pre-function.  The fashion show will,  once again, be a sure hit.  We are always looking for volunteers to help in all areas of the fair production.

Thank you. Cheers. Shelley Mowry, 2017 Fair Chair

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at or 623-694-8020.

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Prepare for the Fair Lecture Series
February 2017

Registration Will be Open in December.

In keeping with this year’s fair theme, Textiles and Weaving, we are excited to offer a series of four lectures and an “action-packed” demonstration focused on the extensive world of Native American textiles.  Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from our outstanding line up of speakers who will share their art, passion, and research.

Registration opens December 15, 2017 on the Fair website,

Dates and times: Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 (lectures: 9:30- to 1 p.m.; artist demonstrations Feb 9 only 1 to 3 p.m.)

Fees: Four sessions including the afternoon demonstration is $45.00.

Series Schedule:

February 02, 2017:  “The Threads That Bind”

  • Ann Lane Hedlund, retired professor of Anthropology and curator of Ethnology at the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus.  She is the former director of the Gloria F Ross Tapesty program at the University and author of the book Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century: Kin, Community and Collectors.
  • Marlowe Katoney (Navajo/Dine) ,“American Artist”, Navajo painter and award winning weaver known for his imaginative contemporary designs.  He is the 2015 recipient of the Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M.  His work is represented in the permanent collection of the Heard museum.

February 09, 2017: Weave! Dye! Design!

  • Barbara Teller Ornelas (Navajo/Dine), 5th generation Master Navajo weaver who specializes in Two Grey Hills style pieces.  She teaches Navajo weaving workshops at Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Native American Arts program and is a 2015 Heard Museum Fair First Place award winner.
  • Michael Teller Ornelas (Navajo/Dine), 6th generation Navajo weaver was a “mentor” artist on site at the Heard Museum for the Confluence: Intergenerational Collaborations exhibit.  He has a degree in computer science from the University of Arizona and has worked on compiling a database of Navajo weavings.
  • Roy Kady (Navajo/Dine),  weaver, fiber artist, and owner of a flock of rare Navajo-Churro sheep and angora goats, works with at-risk youth, teaches culture classes at a community elementary school and has taught weaving at the Dine College Shiprock campus.  In 2016 he provided Heard Guild travelers with an exciting dyeing and weaving demonstration.

February 09, 2017 afternoon demonstration 1:00 to 3:00pm

  • Roy Kady (Navajo/Dine):  Instructor: “Weaving outside the margin”
  •  Zefren Hunt Anderson (Navajo/Dine): traditional Navajo wool processing: spinning, washing, carding, vegetal dyeing wool into yarn
  • Kevin Aspaas (Navajo/Dine): wedge weaving
  • Eliseo Curley (Navajo/Dine): Horse cinch/Implements weaving/braiding

February 16, 2016:  “Weave a Story”

  • Susan Hudson (Navajo/Dine): quilter: “Stitching to Heal the Past”; 2016 First Place Award Winner at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair for The Walk of My Ancestors, and 2015 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival Best of Show winner for Nii’ Da’ Ba’ Hii Ba’ (Warrior Story).
  • Teri Greeves (Kiowa-Comanche): beadwork artist whose needles have created inspirational pieces that are represented in museums around the country including the Heard Museum permanent collection.

February 23, 2016: “The Shirt Off Your Back”

  • Jessica Metcalfe, PhD. (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), owner of “Beyond Buckskin Boutique”, and “Beyond Buckskin” blog about Native fashion.  Her dissertation focused on Native American fashion designers since the 1950’s.
  • Orlando Dugi (Navajo/Dine): fashion designer well known for his glamorous couture-style, hand-made gowns. Winner of multiple awards at SWAIA, Cherokee Art Market, and the Heard Museum Fair, where he was the 2011 Conrad House award winner as well as 2014 first place winner for “Beaded Wool Cape”.  His 2016 Best of Class collaborative award for “She Holds The Stars” is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum.

Registration will be Open in December.

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Heard Happenings

  • November 16, 5-8pm – Spirit of the Heard Award Sculptor Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo) is the 2016 recipient of the Heard Museum’s Spirit of the Heard Award.  Purchase tickets at
  • November 19, 10am – 2pm: American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day. Details HERE.
  • November 25-27 Ornament Marketplace – Museum Shop
    This year’s featured artist is jeweler Vernon Begaye (Navajo), who will create only 30 editions of the 2016 Ornament Marketplace signature ornament. These naja-inspired sterling silver ornaments, set with turquoise and spiny oyster, will go on sale at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of the marketplace, Friday, Nov. 25, for $200 apiece, first come, first served.

Congratulations on Kay WalkingStick!

Dear Staff and Guild Members,

I just wanted to send a quick congratulations to all who worked on “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist”. I am out of town and missed the reception but word on the street is that it was great(!) and that Kay really enjoyed it.

None of this would have been possible without a coordinated effort that traversed all departments. Many thanks to Curatorial, let by Ann and Design, let by Melissa. They worked hard to make this enormous exhibit fit into Jacobson. I’ve seen the Kay WalkingStick show at NMAI and I personally think ours offers a bit warmer and more intimate glimpse into her vast and accomplished body of work. Congratulations to everyone and a special shout out to Membership for hosting a successful reception. Also, Mark Scarp was able to conduct an exclusive interview with Kay so look for future stories and insights (in print) about her career and how the Heard Museum played a key role in her success.

Best regards,

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Shop Happenings

The Heard Museum Shop Ornament Market begins Friday, November 25 and lasts through Sunday, November 27.  Vernon Begaye is this year’s featured artist and is only making only 30 editions of his signature ornament that are available for purchase on the 25th.
Our big Shop Holiday Sale begins Monday, December 12 and lasts through Sunday, December 18.  Come in the shop, or shop online at our website,, to receive membership discounts of 20% off most items, including consignment items.  Non-members receive 10% off their purchases at this sale.
Mercado de las Artes is Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13th at the Heard Museum and Museum Shop.  Come and visit our select Mexican and Spanish artists and see their beautiful work!

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Las Guias Happenings

Las Guias Tune Ups

There will be three Tune Ups 2016-2017.
Tune-Ups will all focus in some way on touring techniques and tips. The first session is titled: SPRINGBOARD! We will have fewer speakers and more panel discussions and Q & A input from attendees on how to give the best tours possible at the Heard.

Dates: Mondays:10/31, 12/5, 1/9
Time: 9am-12pm
More Details to follow in Noticias.


Coordinator for the Docent Exchange is Phyllis Manning. Please contact Phyllis to let her know you will be attending: or call 480-423-8002.

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Around Town

Changing Hands Bookstore

Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker: “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

Scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations.

Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as:
“Columbus Discovered America”
“Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims”
“Indians Were Savage and Warlike”
“Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians”
“The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide”
“Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans”
“Most Indians Are on Government Welfare”
“Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich”
“Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol”

Details HERE.

Pueblo Grande Museum – Arizona’s Greatest Battle

Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30pm

It was the biggest single battle ever fought in Arizona. It happened 158 years ago and lasted only half an hour. It is largely unknown in the annals of Arizona history, yet it was perhaps the most important battle ever fought by the O’Odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa). The Battle of Pima Butte (also called The Battle of Maricopa Wells) was also the last large-scale native-against-native skirmish in American history.  Details HERE.

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All details for the above; time, location, registration, and contact person can be found on the website Calendar.

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