Noticias September 2014


To Guides from the Education Department

September 2014

Heard Museum Guide Schedule:


From Sue’s Desk……

Things are gearing up around the Heard and you can tell that Fall is in the air by the amount of returning Las Guais and the happy faces as we greet those returning friends!

I am working on the lists of Las Guias who are ready to begin a new year.  Remember that to guide you must be paid up in your dues both with the Heard and Guild.  The Museum sends your renewal notice at the time of year when you originally joined and LG dues are renew in May often at Spring Luncheon time but must be paid by now for you to be included on the touring schedule.  Carol Gunn has worked very hard on this and we have almost 100% renewal.  Thanks!

Sheila Mehlem and Joan Jasso have been working very hard to insure that you have a fun-filled day of learning on Oct 20th.  Attendance is mandatory if you are in town.  Several people have called to say they will be out of town for special family trips/events.  Those of course are excused and some of our lucky people are still enjoying the lovely fall weather in other places and they are excused.  Otherwise we think you will enjoy a great day of previews, learning and fellowship.

Education Ketoh

Title:  California Missions:  Road to Salvation or Another Trail of Tears

Description:  California Missions: Road to Salvation or Another Trail of Tears is a lecture/power point presentation which examines the impact of the twenty-one California Missions on California Indians between 1770 and 1860.

Date, Time, Location:  Wednesday, October 15, 1:00 pm, Encanto Room

Presenter:  Lucille Shanahan


From Betty Murphy’s Desk………

Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for September 2014

Here is a sampling of four selections from the library collection chosen to complement our signature exhibit, HOME: Native People in the Southwest. With books as varied as the cultures showcased in the exhibit, these items represent a mere fraction of the works available to promote greater public understanding of the arts, heritage and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Please feel free to visit the library to view 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.


Art of the Hopi : contemporary journeys on ancient pathways

Jacka, Jerry, D.

Flagstaff, Ariz. : Northland Pub., 1998.

Heard call number E99.H7 J18 1998


Big Sycamore stands alone : the Western Apaches, Aravaipa, and the struggle for place

Record, Ian W.

Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2008

Heard call number E99.A6 R35 2008


Dinéjí na ‘nitin : Navajo traditional teachings and history

McPherson, Robert S.

Boulder : University Press of Colorado, c2012

Heard call number E99.N3 M33 2012


The Zunis : self-portrayals

The Zuni people ; Alvina Quam, translator

Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1972

Heard call number E99.Z9 Z86 1972


From Lynn Bullock’s Desk…….


As I mentioned in the last notes, Barton Wright’s  “Kachinas: A Hopi Artist’s Documentary” has been reprinted and is now in stock at Books & More. It’s priced at $34.95 in paperback. The book is considered a valuable reference tool for both carvers and collectors. If you don’t already own a copy, come check it out.

Also recently received are updates of two jewelry hallmark books:

“Native American and Southwestern Silver Hallmarks” by Bille Hougart and “Reassessing Hallmarks of Native Southwest Jewelry” by Kim and Pat Messier.

Just for fun:

“Dishing Up New Mexico: 145 Recipes From the Land of Enchantment” by

Dave Dewitt – great cookbook!

“The Powwow Highway” by David Seals. This is a reprint of Seals’

1979 classic novel about the adventures of Philbert Bono and Buddy Red Bird and “their ‘war pony,’ a burned-out, rusty 1964 Buick LeSabre…” The book was also the basis of a later movie.

If any of you are planning to attend Stephen Fried’s talk on the Fred Harvey Company and his book “Appetite For America”  on October 24th, there will be a limited quantity of the book available for sale at the event. If you want to be sure to get a copy, you can call Books & More at 602 251-0258 and pre-pay for one. We will hold the book for you and you can pick it up any day before the lecture. Copies should be here by about the 8th of October.

Keep on reading!


From Sheila Mehlem and Joan Jasso’s Desk……

Though it’s still very hot, fall is fast approaching.  Preparations are well under way for the Education Exchange which will take place this year on Monday, October 20th from 8:30 to3:30.The program we have planned will provide us  with opportunities to learn new things, meet new people, and, of course, reunite with old friends and Las Guias colleagues.

In addition to a presentation by Royce Manuel(Tohono O’odham) there will be four morning breakout sessions from which to choose.  They include   Touring with Kids by Mary Endorf,  a presentation on pottery by Jim Szabo,   a visit to view the Museum’s collections, and a presentation on  the Ancestral Pueblo people by Lyle Balenquah(Hopi).  Please take some time to consider the breakout session you would like to attend. There will be a limited number of people allowed to view collections.  Signup sheets will be available when sign in at the Education Exchange.

In the afternoon we will be treated to a history of the NA Fine Arts Movement by Linda Hefter.  Marlene Scholsohn will pair with Linda and provide us with some insights on how to “look” at a piece of art.  Last but not least will be a scavenger hunt.

The program we have planned will provide us  with opportunities to learn new things, meet new people, and, of course, reunite with old friends and Las Guias colleagues.

Boxed lunches will be available from the Cafe for $16.00. It includes your choice of a  hummus veggie wrap, turkey BLT wrap, or Chopped Kale Chicken Caesar Salad.  Lunch includes a drink and house baked cookie.  Your lunch selection and check should be sent to Sheila Mehlem at 219 West Country Gables Drive, Phoenix, Az. 85023.  Selections are due by October 10th.  If unable to send a check, you may pay at the door, but selections must be made by October 10th.

Looking forward to acquiring new knowledge, meeting new  Las Guias and catching up with old ones.


Sheila Mehlem

Joan Jasso


From Shaliyah’s Desk……..

Hello Everyone,

At our first Ed. Council meeting it was brought up that contact guides on Monday tours have difficulty contacting their groups with such short notice. I typically call groups on Friday and will continue to do so. So rest easy Monday Guides; if we have a change in plans (other than what is printed on the schedule) I will be in contact with you (guides) directly.

Please stock galleries while on your shift. As a reminder the supply closet is located in the We Are! Arizona’s First People’s exhibit (Ullman Gallery).

This is just another reminder to all that tours are 45 minutes in length. Also, eating lunch, taking calls, having reunions, etc. is not something you should do while on your 4 hour touring (roving) duty. Please allot time for a proper meal before your shift so you have energy to tour. Drinking water and taking a cup of coffee for 5-10 minutes in between a tour is fine; please use your best judgement. Our visitors appreciate your presence in the galleries.

Thank you,



*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 – long term

Every Picture Tells a Story– long term

Remembering Our Boarding School Days – long term

Around the World – long-term

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

 “That’s the Way I Like It!” – through February 8, 2015

“Chocolate, Chili, and Cochineal: Changing Taste Around the World – through November 30, 2014

” BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard”  May 24, 2014 – September 28, 2014

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


The Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004                                                                               

Shaliyah Ben

Education Program and Outreach Coordinator