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