Archives for August 2014

“Heardies” Go To The Santa Fe Art & Cultural Markets

SFIM14I just returned from Santa Fe where I attended the Santa Fe Indian Market and the IFAM (Indigenous Fine Arts Market). This was the first year there were two venues for artist. The traditional market was held in and around the famous Santa Fe Plaza and the IFAM used the newly renovated Railway as their venue, and featured many of the younger artists.

The weather was ideal with blue skies, puffy white clouds and temperatures in the mid-80’s. It was so much fun bumping into Guild members and Heard Museum Staff among those strolling and visiting with the Artist or gathered around the stages watching the performances. Even more fun was gathering with the “Heardies” at cocktail parties and group dinners where we could all share our experience of the Santa Fe markets and enjoy some wonderful meals in one of the many fine restaurants in town.

This is my fifth trip to Santa Fe. I would have never known what I was missing if I did not sign up for and take a Guild trip to Santa Fe, and also become involved in volunteering for a Heard Guild Indian Fair & Market committee. If you have not yet considered taking a Guild trip, take a look at the itinerary for the Guild December Trip to Santa Fe, and think about volunteering for one of the many IF&M committees that are involved in making the Heard Guild Indian Fair & Market happen.  Meet some great like-minded people and choose the committee role that fits your lifestyle, schedule,  and best utilizes your talents and speaks to your passions.

Maybe I will bump into you next year at the Santa Fe Market.

Enjoy Reading? Join One of Our Book Clubs

Book_ClubThe Guild Book Club adds another element of education, excitement and fun to being a volunteer at the Heard Museum. I really enjoy meeting every month with a group of my fellow volunteers to discuss books both by American Indian authors and books about the history, art and culture of the Native Peoples of the Americas. The Book Club has provided a great opportunity to make new friends and provided a forum for an in-depth discussion of the many opportunities and challenges facing American Indians today. The Book Club is one of the many great benefits of Heard Museum Guild membership

We have three book clubs that would welcome new members.

Choose the book club closest to your home:

What book club members have to say:

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.

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.

Some Books We Have Read:

  • 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 Peopleby Gerald Vizenor
  • Of Earth and Little Rain: The Papago Indiansby Bernard L Fontana
  • Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Realityby Mabel Dodge Luhan
  • 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

You Will Not Want to Miss Out on The Pai Tribal Short Course

Pai_People 300The Heard Museum Guild’s popular American Indian Short Courses will resume in October with a look at the history, culture and art of the Havasupai, Yavapai and Hualapai peoples of Arizona. The three-part Pai Short Course will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays October 16, 23 and 30 in the Heard’s Monte Vista Room.

Kicking off the Pai Short Course on October 16 will be Stephen Hirst, author of I Am the Grand Canyon: The Story of the Havasupai People. Joining Stephen Hirst will be Carletta Tilousi, a former member of the Havasupai Tribal Council and president of the Red Rock Foundation.

On October 23 the presenters will be Karen Ray and Raphael Bear of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Karen Ray is manager and curator of the Fort McDowell Cultural Center and Museum. Raphael Bear served as Tribal Council President from 2004 to 2008 and has been directly involved in the planning and construction of numerous Tribal facilities, among them the 1,300 acre Tribal farm, the award-winning We-Ko-Pa golf course, over 80 new homes for Tribal members and several Tribal government buildings. He currently serves as general manger of Fort McDowell’s Eagle View Resort.

The Pai Short Course will wrap up on October 30 with presentations by Loretta Jackson-Kelly and Lucille Watahomigie of the Hualapai Tribe. Loretta is director of cultural resources and Lucille is director of education and a language and cultural activist.

Course instructor for the Pai Short Course is senior Las Guias member Linda Hefter.

For more information and to register contact Pai Short Course facilitator Connie Thornton at

The registration fee for the three-part Pai Short Course is:

  • $25 for active Las Guias
  • $40 for Guild members
  • $50 for Heard Museum members
  • $60 for non-members