Happening Now Draft

March 21, 2018 Guild Meeting Speaker

Dr. Karen Comeau, Standing Rock Sioux, will be our March 21 Guild meeting speaker.  Dr. Comeau’s topic is  “A Reflection of Indian/Alaskan Education -Past-Present and Future”.  She is one of the original designers of the Heard Museum Boarding School exhibit.  Dr. Comeau is a leading American Indian educator having served  as the President of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas from 1999-2006.  She has taught at Huron College, The University of Utah and Arizona State University.  She was born and raised on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota and now resides in Rapid City, South Dakota.  We look forward to sharing her story with you on March 21 at 9:30 a.m. in Steele Auditorium.

Mary Endorf
Heard Museum Guild President

Record Your Service Hours!

As of March 16, 2018, the Guild has a cumulative total of 1,305,510 service hours and an annual total for 2017-18 of 41,235 service hours. Since the Guild averages about 55,000+ hours annually, many of you still need to record your hours!  Remember you can also record hours from previous years that you didn’t record at the time. Just put in the correct dates. You can also place a written record of your hours in the Volunteer bin in the Guild Room or e-mail me your hours at shanahanle@cox.net, and I will enter them.

The Guild Service year ends on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  The Guild site will close at 5:00 pm on March 31, 2018 for the annual audit. It will re-open on Wednesday, April 4. The last pick-up of hours from the Guild Room will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  Hours e-mailed to me must also arrive by 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 31, to be counted for this year’s service hours.

If you have questions, or I can do anything to assist you, you may contact me at shanahanle@cox.net or at 623-556-1430.

Lucille Shanahan
Service Award Chair

Service Awards Nominations Now Open

In late March, a committee of the current Guild President and past Presidents will meet to determine Guild Special Recognition and Special Achievement Awards for 2017-18 to be presented at the Guild Member Appreciation Dinner on April 25, 2018.

A Special Recognition Award recognizes a member’s time and dedication to an existing project.

A Special Achievement Award recognizes a member’s contribution of an outstanding original idea or project. If you wish to nominate a Guild member(s) for a Special Recognition or a Special Achievement Award, please email the name(s) plus a statement of your reasons for the nomination to Lucille Shanahan at shanahanle@cox.net by 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Lucille Shanahan
Heard Guild Service Award Chair

Guild Happenings

Student Art Show & Sale-March 23-26

The Student Art Show & Sale committee received this note on March 16th from the Alamo Navajo Community School.  It exemplifies the importance of your support of schools that support emerging American Indian student artists.  Please attend the Student Art Show & Sale this weekend and see the work of the next generation of artists from around the country.

“Hello. Thank you so much for producing this student show.  It really encourages and pushes them to progress in their art. One of my students told me, “I never thought I could do something like this”, referring to his painting.   Thanks again, Have a great show!”

Mary Mayle, Art Teacher


Heard Guild Explores

Three more events are planned so far, with the potential for additional adventures as the year unfolds:

March 31: Yaqui Easter Celebration in Guadalupe:The most sacred occasions for the Pasqua Yaqui Indian community are the Lent and Easter ceremonies.  This is a perennial favorite trip for Guild members, who enjoy the dances, instruments, masks and costumes that are an important port of Yaqui art and culture. The Yaqui guard the mystery of its rituals scrupulously, so no photography or even note taking permitted.

May 18: Sahuaro Ranch Park (Glendale): Founded in 1886, the ranch is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. We’ll tour the main mansion, visit nearby Cerreta’s Chocolate Company and have lunch at the Spicery in Our 1895 Home, a quaint restaurant and tea room located in Glendale’s Catlin Court Historic District.

Please contact Sandie Straub at sandie93@cox.net or (602) 526-6194 to reserve a spot on any of these trips, or to obtain more information, or to suggest (or lead) an outing.

Guild Trips

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


First Nations Gardens of the North– Sept. 6th-15th, 2018
Encounter people of the First’s Nations of British Columbia and experience world-class gardens of Vancouver and Victoria. 

Details HERE.

Contact Shelley Mowry with any questions: travel@heardguild.org

Land of the Seri – October 21-24, 2018

Join us as we explore the little known world of the Seri Indians in northern Sonora Mexico.   Our guide will be Jesus Garcia from the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson   He will enthusiastically share with us the lifeways of this desert. Our voyage of discovery includes a panga ride to the mangroves of Isla Tiburón, birding the estuary of Laguna de la Cruz, a visit to Isla Alcatraz,  and visiting the Seri people themselves on the beautiful beaches of Kino Bay.
Contact Shelley Mowry with any questions: travel@heardguild.org

Details & Registration HERE.

Hopi Mesa II – May 11 – 14,  2018

A unique experience led by lifelong trader, researcher, author, and native american expert Mark Bahti.  Spend four wonderful days visiting various artists throughout the Hopi Mesas absorbing history and folklore of their ancestors. Our tour includes time with master basket weavers, katsina carvers, and jewelry artists as we learn their expertise and unique native perspective of their craft.

Hopi Mesa II Flyer
Registration Form

Contact Shelley Mowry with any questions: travel@heardguild.org

Heard Happenings

6:15 p.m. Special Screening of RUMBLE – The Indians who Rocked the World in Steele Auditorium
8:15 p.m. Special performance by Samantha Crain in the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery

Film and music goers can add another Phoenix venue to their list on First Friday, April 2018 when No Festival Required screens RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the WorldRUMBLE tells the story of a profound, essential, and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: The Indigenous influence. Following the film, singer-songwriter Samantha Crain (Chocktaw) will perform in the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery.

17th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace

The nation’s largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers will show and sell their unique creations at the Katsina Doll Marketplace: A Gathering of Carvers, in Steele Auditorium. Enjoy musical performances, carving demonstrations and a drawing for this year’s featured katsina, carved by Kevin Sekakuku (Hopi).

Admission to the Marketplace is free.

The Guild provides food and beverage to the 80+ artists and their families. We need your help. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a simple breakfast and lunch, and to distribute snacks and water several times during the day. Please sign up at the February (2/21) and March (3/21) Guild meetings during Sip & Sign.

Donations of food items are also needed: non-perishables such as jars of peanut butter and jelly; snacks of all kinds and individually packaged juices. Perishable items such as string cheese, hardboiled eggs and mandarin oranges can be donated during the week before Carvers’ Market. A box for these donations will be placed in the Guild Room, or you can bring them to the next two Guild meetings.

The Chair for Katsina Market is Cyndy Ross. Contact her directly to volunteer if you will not be at Guild meetings: cyndyross004@gmail.com; 602 999-8194.

Museum Shop Artist of the Month

Evelyn Fredericks

Evelyn grew up in Kykotsmovi, Arizona on the Hopi reservation.   Ancestral folklore and Hopi culture is what Evelyn draws from for her inspirational artwork.  She had a large extended family and life revolved around all the types of work the women completed.

When working with stone she partners in creating it to “release the intention of the stone.”  Evelyn works in direct stone carving where no models are constructed.  She believes “the blood memory of her ancestors are released throughout the process and is able to connect to the past and present at the same time.”   In 1999 she began working in bronze.  Her editions are limited not exceeding 50 of each.

Las Guias

Ed Council Meeting: March 21st:  12:30 pm: Steel Auditorium
Agenda: How to Enter 2018-2019 Tour Schedule Requests Online
Committee Reports

Upcoming Exhibits…

Artistic Excellence (Best of Show Exhibit): 
The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Celebrates 60 Years
January 12 to March 11 – Kitchell Gallery
Watch your email for label copy
Checking to see if there will be curator walk-throughs
Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez
February 2 to September 30
Curator Walk-Throughs with Diana Pardue
9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin
May 4 to September 3 – Grand Gallery
Curator Erin Joyce – Watch for more information

Around Town



This annual event supports the Phoenix Indian Center (PIC), in their work providing hope, support and opportunities to American Indian youth and families in the Phoenix valley.

This year’s theme will be “Honoring Women Warriors.” The S&T Ball will be held at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.

Funds raised through this event are unrestricted and help support and expand the many programs and services of the PIC. Each year between 450-500 people attend this event with cocktails, dinner, fashion show, entertainment and silent & live auctions. The auctions include art work by Native and non-Native American artists and vendors.

To learn more about the mission and the extraordinary work of the PIC and/or about purchasing a ticket for the Silver & Turquoise Ball, please go to http://phxindcenter.com/

I look forward to seeing our Heard and Guild members at this event.

Sincerely, Ettie Zilber

Contact Diane Leonte, Guild Board Communication Chair at: communication@heardguild.org if you have a “Happening” that you want to share with Guild members.  We would love to hear from you.