Noticias, December 2015

To Guides from the Education Department

Heard Museum Guide Schedule

From Jaclyn’s Desk……..


I hope you all are enjoying your holiday season. We have a lot that is new here in the galleries including the new “Gifted” exhibition and the Pablita Velarde/Helen Hardin/Margarite Bagshaw additions. You will note in the old story teller room is now an installation of Pablita Velarde’s Studio. Please take time to enjoy the space and note it will be a great inclusion on your highlight tours.

As part of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation grant, we had Dustinn Craig create a video featuring some of the basketry workshop participants in Mescalero talking about the art of basketry. Please take a look at it and share away:

I’ve had a couple of questions answered by Janet Cantley about Frida. For clarification, Frida had two step-sisters that her father had by a previous wife and they were sent to a convent. Lastly, please note Frida’s last name is pronounced “kaw-low” (rhymes with jaw).

Here is a story about the Bureau of Indian Education with some updated information about this government funded school system:

Sending you many well wishes as we begin the Hai (winter) season.




From Betty Murphy’s Desk………

Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for December 2015

With the cooler temperatures upon us, now is a good time to mentally prepare for winter even in Arizona.  These four selections provide various means to contemplate the winter season and especially the winter solstice.  Currently on display in the public reading area of the library, these titles range from essays to astronomy offering different approaches to interpret the impact of longer nights on our daily routines.  Please feel free to visit the library to review these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections.  For more details or additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog link located in the pull-down menu of the library tab on the Heard website.

Stories for a winter’s night : fiction by Native American writers
Kenny, Maurice, editor
Buffalo, N.Y. : White Pine Press, 2000
Heard call number PS508.I5 S76 2000

Chaco astronomy : an ancient American cosmology
Sofaer, Anna
Santa Fe, N.M. : Ocean Tree Books, [2008]
Heard call number E99.C37 S65 2008

Sky loom : Native American myth, story, and song
Swann, Brian, editor
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2014
Heard call number E98.F6 S55 2014

Earth & Sky : visions of the cosmos in Native American folklore
Williamson, Ray A. and Claire R. Farrer
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1992
Heard call number E98.A88 E18 1992


From Lynn Bullock’s Desk……


Hello, everyone. Happy Holidays to all of you!

We’re looking forward to the opening of “Beautiful Games” on the 20th. I’m attaching the list of related books we’ll have at Books & More. Most of them are already out on our display tables, so please come by and check them out so that you recommend some of them to the people on your tours – or buy one for your own enjoyment!


From Sue Snyder’s Desk….

Happy Holidays everyone! The January Short Course will be taught by Lucille Shanahan and will be facilitated by Sidney Wilson. The dates are January 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in Encanto.  What better time than the beginning of the year to “refresh” or sharpen your guiding skills at no cost!  We need people as there are only 5 signed up at this time.


From Shaliyah’s Desk….

Hello Las Guias,

Thank you for all of your work in November and December! I’m sure you all noticed the influx in school tours!! I’m happy to keep this ball rolling into the spring! With that we have some changes that I want you all to be aware of. Two of our long-term galleries that we use to tour our K-3rd grade students will close sooner than later. We Are! Arizona’s First Peoples will close officially on May 22nd, 2016. Every Picture Tells a Story will close after Heard Museum Guild Fair and Market on March 13th. I will be in contact within a month or so about how we will proceed with touring our K-3rd graders in this time of transition. I am sure with our new summer exhibit “Creatures” opening, the Velarde studio, our sculpture and other great areas around campus that we can offer a fun and educational trip for our young visitors.

Happy New Year to everyone!




*Please keep tours to 45 minutes.  Gallery Talks, 20 minutes.

*Please remember to check the galleries and replenish activities if necessary.

*Please rove in galleries and engage with public, please avoid standing around the info desk.

*Please obtain subs in a timely manner, not one week before.


*Please arrive at the info desk 15 minutes before your tour starts, not 3, 2, or 1 minute before 😉

Exhibit Schedule

Home: Native People in the Southwest – long term

We Are! Arizona’s First People – through May 22nd, 2016

Every Picture Tells a Storythrough March 13th, 2016

Remembering Our Boarding School Days – long term

Around the World – long-term

“The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century”  – through April 2015

“Frida Kahlo, Her Photos” – Through February 8th 2016

“Las Favoritas de Frida” – Through September 25th 2016

“Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art” – through November 2015

“Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century” – through April 3, 2015