Learn With Us

Education is a priority for the Guild as we support the Heard Museum’s mission to “educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the art, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.” We have a comprehensive program that includes a variety of offerings, both for Guild and Museum members and the general public.


American Indian Studies

As part of its commitment to continuing education, the Heard Museum Guild presents several short courses each year. The aim of the courses is to enhance one’s respect for Native peoples and to develop an appreciation of their art and culture. The courses are open to the public.

American Indian Studies for 2015-2016

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

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Monthly Guild Meetings

At each of the Guild’s regular monthly meetings, a speaker presents a program on Native culture or art, Arizona and Southwest history, or current activities on the reservations.  The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month from September through April and are open to the public.

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Docent Training / Las Guias

Often the most profound contact between the Heard Museum and the visiting public is provided by Las Guias (Spanish for “The Guides”). This group of dedicated volunteers extends hospitality, provides interpretation of exhibits and programs, and, in a warm and personal way, implements the mission of the Museum “to educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the art, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.”
for information about Museum tours…

The Las Guias Docent training course begins each fall in October under the sponsorship of the Heard Museum Guild working closely with the professional staff of the Museum’s Education Department. There is no prerequisite beyond interest, but a fee is charged. A commitment is required of at least two years of guide service with a minimum of 30 tours per year (two scheduled half-days per month, June through May). for more information about Docent training…

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Heard Guild Explores

November 18, Friday, 10am: Wrigley Mansion, Tour and Lunch, $25.00, Tour is at 10am, Lunch is at 11:30am, 2501 E. Tewawa Trail, Phoenix, (602) 955-4079, …please contact sandie straub, (602) 526-6194 or sandie93@cox.net

January 17, 10am: Arcosanti Tour: Lunch on own at The Asylum, Jerome Hotel, Guide at Arcosanti is Mary Hoadley, Cosanti, 480) 206) 8228,  and we will be stopping briefly at the Rock Springs Cafe on the way back…please contact Sandie Straub at (602) 526-6194 or sandie93@cox.net

March 31, 2017, 10:30 am: Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 No. Frontier Street, 928) 684-2272. Lunch on own at Rancho de los Caballeros, Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg, contact Sandie Straub at 602) 526-6194 or sandie93@cox.net

April 14, 2017, 10am-2pm: Yaqui Easter Celebration, Good Friday. See the Yaqui Deer Dancers…Easter is the most spiritual time of the year for the Yaqui…and this is the best cultural event you never knew about. It will be warm, parking is scarce, and there is a lot of standing. This event is held in Guadeloupe, just south of Arizona Mills. There are to be no cameras of any sort used, no taking of notes, or no sketches done. Please show your respect! This event is held in the center of town, you will have to park and walk in. There is no entry fee and, as there are no vendors, please bring water and fruit/snacks…please contact Phyllis Manning 480) 423-8002 or pemanning@ hotmail.com

May 5, 2017, 9:30am, $10.00:Desert Botanical Garden, (480) 481-8104. Docent led, Lunch on own at Gertrude’s, 11:15am…please contact Sandie Straub 602) 526-6194 or sandie93@cox.net
And we will have time to visit their Gift Shop…

Tentative Event…
Tour of Fashion Square…Keep a heads up for this one…
Time Frame: June, July August, 2017…Date, Time, Place…TBD
as soon as details are in place, please contact Sara Lieberman
480) 922-1816 or slieberman4@cox.net

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Book Clubs

Not a Book Club Member Yet?
Northeast Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Linda Hefter: BookClubEast@heardguild.org
Central Phoenix Guild Book Club. Contact Jackie Kemmer: BookClubCentral@heardguild.org
West Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Winona Passmore: BookClubWest@heardguild.org

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What our Book Club members have to say:

The Guild Book Club:I cannot begin to tell you how good the heard north book club has been this year.l  Headed by Linda Hefter, the people who participated added greatly to each session.  I tried to make each session that I could and read all the books for each meeting. ~ Marlene Scholsohn

I have been a member of the North Scottsdale Guild Book Club since its inception.  I believe it is one of the best innovations to come down the pike in years.

Not only am I being exposed to books I might never have read (suggested by other members) but the group discussions reflect the diversity of backgrounds and education of the members. Our discussions are lively and self directed and always informational.

The group is welcoming to new members and is a great way to become an active  part of the Heard Museum Guild. ~ Edna Weinberg

Our North Scottsdale Book club has been very successful – we’re even meeting in July! As you know , Linda Hefter is our leader and she is so smart, and well read and willing to give her time to our meetings and discussions and book choices. But so are most of our steady members. (Several of us have many obligations.)

Our books are previously researched and then chosen by all of us. So we all read every book and ALLL our discussions are open and lively. We are meeting in each other’s homes so we’re all relaxed and open and easy and we’re all becoming good friends.

I think The Book Club is proving to be a bright and learning and happy endeavor for all of us. We all look forward to our meetings and I am enjoying my participation very much. Come join us! ~ Gloria Murison

If you are interested in becoming a member of an exciting literary group, contact:

Northeast Valley Guild Book Club.
Contact Linda Hefter: BookClubEast@heardguild.org.

Central Phoenix Guild Book Club.
Contact Jackie Kemmer:  BookClubCentral@heardguild.org

West Valley Guild Book Club.
Contact Winona Passmore: BookClubWest@heardguild.org
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Heard Museum Guild Book Club Reading List: May 2015-October 2016

  • The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
  • Into the Beautiful North: A Novel by Luis Alberta Urrea
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn
  • Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
  • Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  • Changing Woman: The Life and Art of Helen Hardin by Jay Scott
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heavenby Sherman Alexie
  • Rez Life by David Treuer
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Lacuna: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Me and Mine: The Life Story of Helen Sekaquaptewa by Louise Udall
  • Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn
  • The Wind Won’t Know Me: A History of the Navajo-Hope Land Dispute by Emily Benedek
  • LaRose: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
  • American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest by Mark Thompson

Heard Guild Book Club Book List – November, 2012 through April 2015

  • Fools Crow by James Welch
  • Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th
  • Century New Mexico by Matthew Liebmann
  • Carlisle vs Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football’s Greatest Battle by Lars Anderson
  • Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art by George Morrison
  • Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom by Tiya Miles
  • Lauren Greasewater’s War by Stephen Hirst
  • Iron Lake: A Novel by William Kent Krueger
  • Monkey Beach: A Novel by Eden Robinson
  • The House at Otowi Bridge: The Story of Edith Warner and Los Alamos by Peggy pond Church
  • The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western
  • Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Arviso Alvord
  • The Everlasting Sky: Voices of the Anishinabe People by Gerald Vizenor
  • Of Earth and Little Rain: The Papago Indians by Bernard L Fontana
  • Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality by Mabel Dodge Luhan
  • Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic LIfe and Immortal Photographs of
    Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan
  • Yes Is Better Than No by Byrd Baylor
  • Caleb’s Crossing: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life by Jim Kristofic
  • Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection by Matt Dembicki
  • The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
  • The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
  • A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler Greenfield
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Lincoln and the Indians: Civill War Policy and Politics by David A. Nichols
  • The Man Who Killed the Deer: A Novel of Pueblo Life by Frank Waters

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