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.

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.

October 18 – Dr. Diane Dittemore, Curator of the Arizona State Museum’s newest exhibit.
Topic: “Woven Through Time”.

November 15 – Patricia Hibbeler, Heard Museum Trustee and Phoenix Indian Center CEO.
Topic:“A Behind the Scenes Look at the Work of the Phoenix Indian Center”.

December 6 – Heard Guild Holiday Brunch

January 17 – Indian Fair and Market Kick-Off. This begins the 60th Indian Fair and Market Anniversary! A panel of Museum Executive staff and curators will discuss a history of the Fair, how art exhibited at the Fair is purchased by the Museum and a description of the 60th Fair Anniversary Museum exhibit.

February 21 – Albert Nelson, Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation Cultural Center Director.
Topic: “Telling the Yavapai Story”.

March 21 – Dr. Karen Comeau (Standing Rock Sioux). Former President of Haskell University and co-contributor to the Heard Museum Boarding School exhibit.
Topic:“Life Lessons from a Native Educator and What Lies Ahead for our Native Youth and Families”.

April 18 –  Angela Garcia-Lewis is the Director of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Community Cultural Center.
Topic:“Using a Tool Kit For Cultural Preservation”.

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Docent Training / Las Guias

Often the most profound contacts 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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Book Clubs

Not a Book Club Member Yet?
Northeast Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Linda Hefter: BookClubEast@heardguild.org

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.


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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