Artifacts – March 2015

Guild President Greetings

This is our busiest time of year!! After a year of planning and much hard work, we will welcome artists, performers, chefs, and thousands of guests to our annual Indian Fair and Market on March 7-8! Then, a few short weeks later, we will host the Student Art Show and Sale and our student art symposium!! These monumental events could not happen without the creative energy, thoughtful planning, dedication, and hours and hours of time cheerfully volunteered by so many Guild members. I hope you enjoy every moment!!! We are so very grateful for everything you contribute to the Guild and the Heard Museum.


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Welcome New Guild Members

Luella Chatfield
Lorenzo Clark
Diane Crichfield
Ann Gordon Davis
Jo Halton
Ronald Mark
Susan Mark

A new member orientation meets before the Guild meeting at 9 a.m, in the Steele Auditorium lobby.

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Guild March General Meeting March 18, Steele Auditorium

Barbara_MillsProgram: 10:00 am – 11:00 Lecture: Barbara Mills, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, will talk about the Chaco Network and its relationship to the other groups including Zuni, Hopi, and Utes.  She will also discuss how each group developed its own religion and customs and how migration affected social connections from 1200 to 1500 during this tumultuous period.  We will see how new networks emerged as a result of multiple long and short migrations between the groups..

Fair merchandise will be available for purchase before and after the program.


  • Social: 9:30 am
  • Program: 10:00 am – 11:00
  • 11:00 am Business.

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Time Is Ticking Away!!

March 31st will be the last day to record your volunteer hours for the year. Please take the time now to catch up. If you need assistance please contact Rod Passmore at 623-939-5940 or email:

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Guild Service Awards

Soon a committee of the current Guild President and past Presidents will meet to select Guild members who qualify for the Special Recognition and Special Achievement Awards for 2014-2015. The awards will be presented at the Annual Spring Luncheon on May 6. A Special Recognition Award is given for a member’s time and dedication to an existing project. A Special Achievement Award is given for recognition of a member’s contribution of an outstanding and original idea.

If you would like to nominate a Guild member(s) for one of these awards, please email their names plus supporting evidence of your reasons for the nomination to Rod Passmore at by Monday, March 16.

Rod Passmore Heard Guild Service Awards Chair.

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Fair News

Fair Volunteer Alert!
Thank you for volunteering at the 2015 Heard Guild Indian Fair and Market! Note: Volunteer ID badges are dated for 2015.  Badges from previous Fairs will not gain access.

Fair Parking Info for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 6-8, is available HERE.
Questions about your volunteer shift(s)? Contact your Committee Chair.
Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8

  • Pick up your volunteer ID badge at the Volunteer Placement Booth at the Monte Vista entrance to the Fair. You may pick up your badge any time Saturday, March 7, from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday, March 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Return your Volunteer ID badge to the Volunteer Placement Booth as you exit the Fair for the final time. We recycle the lanyards and badge holders. You’ll walk right past a Gelato Spot Booth. Get one for the road to reward yourself for a job well done.
  • Volunteer Perk: Badges are good for admission to the Fair for both days regardless of when you volunteer.

Best of Show, Friday, March 6

  • Enter at Central Ave. Volunteers may enter starting at 5 p.m. Have your printed dinner ticket to gain admission.
  • Pick up your color-coded Volunteer ID Badge from your Committee Chair. (BOS volunteer badges are only good for Friday night.)
  • Return your badge to your Committee Chair. We recycle those badge holders.
  • Volunteer Perk: $40.00 reduced price dinner ticket. (Reg. $75.00)

Food Donations Needed for Fair Artist Hospitality

Dates: February 15 – March 5, 2015 (Non-Perishable) Location: Guild Room Dates: March 6, 7, 8, 2015 (Perishable) Location: Dorrance Education Building, Classroom Bring Non-Perishable snack donations to the Guild Room and deposit in “Artist Hospitality” box. Perishable items may be dropped off all day March 6, 7 & 8 to the Classroom in Dorrance. Contact:John and Sally Nuerenberg at

Fair Makes the Arizona Republic’s “Ultimate Arizona Bucket List”

Just in time for the Fair, The Arizona Republic has published its “Ultimate Arizona Bucket List” of 48 (for Arizona’s status as the 48th state) things to do here before, well, you know.

Here’s our listing:

“Heard Museum in Phoenix: Be seen at the Heard Museum during its two-day Indian Fair and Market in March. The two-day fair features dancers, and more than 500 artists, many of whom inform about their crafts — jewelry making, painting, pottery and sculpture.” Read Article HERE.

They left off baskets – good thing the Fair’s theme this year is basketry, as visitors will need to know more!

Mark Scarp,  Heard Museum, Communications Manager

Arizona Republic Food & Wine features Chef Craig Nephi (White Mountain Apache), Sunrise Resort, Greer NADA’BAN

As chef at White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Sunrise Park Resort, Craig and his Native American kitchen staff host dinners that showcase the cuisine of their ancestors. Read Article HERE.

Chef Craig Nephi will be demonstrating his cooking skills at this years Fair & Indian Market.  He will be showing us how to prepare: Traditional White Mountain Apache Corn Bread & DINETAH BLUE CORN FRITTERS served with Berries, Seeds, and Pinon Cloud.

Check out the full Fair Chef’s Demo & Tasting Schedule HERE.

New Fair Pages on the Guild Website

Have you visited the Fair pages on the Website? You may want to prepare for your visit by checking out the parking maps, booth layout, the schedule for the Pavilion and Amphitheater stages.

Don’t leave out the kids, check out the Specially for Children.

Going to Best of Show? What fashion designers will be featured? When is the Silent Auction beginning and ending?

Get the most out of your visit, check out the Fair pages on the Guild website HERE.

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Student Art Show and Sale – March 27-30, 2015

The American Indian Student Art Show & Sale is an annual event that started in 1986. The Student Art Show provides emerging young artists with a venue that showcases their talents, often for the first time. Many professional artists started their careers at this event.

  • Sneak Preview, Friday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Museum Members Only
  • Silent Auction & Sale, Friday, March 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Museum Members Only
  • Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Student Art Show is free and open to the public (admission to the Museum is separate).
Free entrance SAT-MON Mar 28-30 through Monte Vista Road, ½ block east of Central Avenue .

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Student Art Symposium

The Student Art Symposium for 2015 will be held this year on the same weekend as the Student Art Show and Sale, March 28-29, instead of the first weekend in June as it was previously. Teachers often come with their students for the Preview Day on Friday, so this year the Symposium will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Jaclyn Roessel has lined up speakers designed to encourage young artists and provide career advice and examples of ways to market themselves and their art. Speakers will include Heard staff Marcus Monenerkit, Shaliyah Ben, and Yurkiko Corella plus Jacob Medor, Kathy and Patrick Murrillo, and photographer Danny Upshaw. Also scheduled are Warren Montoya, Lakota Scott, and Logan Howard.

We will again present a great program; hopefully this year we will have a larger audience. Volunteers are welcome on Saturday and Sunday during which time the Guild will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks. If you have a couple of hours to spare between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., please contact Sue Snyder and join in the fun. We are also hosting a Social Hour for students and teachers on Friday, March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. to give the participants a place to mingle and talk. Jaclyn has lined up a speaker, Arigon Starr, creator of Super Indian Comics.

We will serve pizza, and again we could use your help. This is at the same time as the sale to Museum members only. Sue Snyder Education Coordinator.

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Save the Date – Guild Appreciation Dinner

The Guild Appreciation Dinner is on Thursday, April 23. Arrive at 5:00 p.m. for cocktails, remarks at 5:45 and then dinner until 7:30 p.m, on the Plaza. The theme is Old Hollywood.  A phone number to call to RSVP will be announced shortly.

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Annual Heard Museum Guild Spring Luncheon

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Where: Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Peace Pipe Room, 5402 Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 Luncheon Cost: $45.00 Per Person


  • 11:00 a.m.  – Social & Raffle
  • Lunch Served 12:00 p.m.
  • Program – 1:00 p.m.
    •        Celebration of Guild Members’ Service
    •        Introduction of 2015 Las Guias Class Graduates
    •        Raffle Winners Drawn

Your check for $45.00 per person is your reservation, which may be mailed to Reta at: 16670 N Aspen Dr Fountain Hills AZ 85268 Or, you may pay with cash, check or credit at the March 18th and April 15th Guild Meetings. The menu will be posted in the next Artifacts. To sit together, please enclose or make payment together. Thank You. We are not asking for item donations this year as the Raffle Committee is selecting a select few items. Items will be announced at the April Guild Meeting. So, you can buy LOTS of RAFFLE tickets.

Reta Severtson Guild Spring Luncheon Chair.

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The Heard Shop needs new volunteers for 2015

There are opportunities available for each day of the week, though we especially need volunteers on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. We provide training on the cash registers and instruction on sales techniques. If you have a love for finely crafted American Indian art and would like to share your knowledge of Indian art techniques and culture with Heard Museum visitors, then please contact Alexis Hill, (602) 578-9780, or email:

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“March – Native People of the Southwest: An Overview” Course

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      • When:Thursday, March 12, 19, 26, 2015; 9:30am-12:30pm Where: Encanto Room
      • Description: Native Peoples of the Southwest is the Heard Museum Guild’s popular and longest-running short course. Participants will learn about the Southwest and the first Americans from the prehistoric peoples and their historic descendants to the people today who continue to blend their ancient traditions with the challenges of the 21st century. The aim of the three session course is to promote respect and appreciation for the art and culture of Native Peoples. March 26, after a lunch break, participants will be offered an optional, free admission, extended tour of the Heard Museum at 2:00 pm.
      • Instructor: Linda Hefter, Heard Guild Las Guias (docent)
      • Fee:
        • Active Las Guias Free
        • Guild Members $40.00
        • Museum Members $50.00
        • Non-members $60.00
      • Registration: Opens February 1, 2014.
      • Contact:Course Facilitator, Phyllis Manning: (480) 423-8002

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Heard Guild Explores

Sign Up Now for Hopi in April! Heard Guild Explores is currently planning a very busy two-day trip to the Hopi Reservation for April 17-18, 2015. Trip highlights will include lunch at the historic La Posada in Winslow – one of the last of the great Fred Harvey hotels – talks by members of the Hopi community, visits to the homes of artisans, including katsina carvers, and overnight on the reservation. More information will be coming as plans are finalized; however, if you are interested, please register now by e-mailing or Sue Snyder at:

Space is limited and our Hopi hosts have asked for information about the group well in advance of the tour, so early sign-up is essential. The cost of the trip will be $275 per person, which will include transportation by coach, lunch and dinner on Friday, lodging at the Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant and Inn, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. We promise a two-day look into the extraordinary world of the Hopi people that you won’t soon forget.

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Guild Trips

Navajo Weaving Trade An Artist’s Perspective Navajo_WeaverWhen: April 29-May 3 . We travel through the four corners region with native arts expert Mark Bahti to visit famous weavers in their own element. This tour will offer an in-depth look at the techniques used by many different weavers. The trip will include hands-on demonstrations that will allow an appreciation of this very sacred art form. Very limited participation. Flyer HERE Registration Form HERE. Contact: Shelley Mowry at:

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 Ancestral Pueblo People – Anasazi – Mesa Verde National Park HovenweepWhen: May 10-14. An extraordinary 5 day /4 night experience highlighting Mesa Verde National Park. Come explore the largest archeological preserve in the United States. Guided by Bob Scarborough, a Native American historian and expert in Archaeology and Anthropology. This tour will focus on visiting many of the cliff dwellings in the Park, including the Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House, all while learning the historic significance of the Anasazi people and their relevance to Indian Art and Architecture. Your appreciation of the Anasazi’s will be heightened by all we will do and see since the story of their existence isn’t well documented. We’ll spend 3 nights in upgraded accommodations at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde. On Day 4, we’ll visit Hovenweep National Park, once home to six Ancestral Puebloan villages, and learn of the cultural changes that took place starting with Paleo-Indians inhabitants through Hunter-Gathers and finally Puebloan People.Our last evening is spent at the La Posada Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our farewell dinner will be in the famed Turquoise Room, led by John Sharpe, a James Beard Award nominee. This informative and enlightening tour promises to deliver what Heard Guild members have come to expect in our travels to the Four Corners region and will be sure to give you a deeper understanding and appreciation the Anasazi’s and their descendants. Ancestral People/Mesa Verde – Flyer Ancestral People/Mesa Verde – Registration Form **Please note, price on form is incorrect, the new price is + $1,675.00/ double occupancy and $1,975.00 / single occupancy

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Northern New Mexico – More details to follow Northern New Mexico Sept 27-October 2, 2015.Led by Mark Bahti, the Southwest’s leading expert on Indian Arts. We’ll spend time with many of Marks friends and colleagues who are New Mexico’s leading artists. We’ll visit Acoma Pueblo, Taos for the San Geronimo Feast Day and a day at Ghost Ranch, formerly owned by Marks’ grandfather, Arthur Pack.We’ll spend four nights in Santa Fe at the Inn at Loretto and visit many of different artists in their workshops and studios. And as always with the Guild tours, offer unique and special experiences. For more details, contact: For more details, Contact: Shelley Mowry:

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Book Clubs

Connect with other Guild members by joining one of the Guild Book Clubs meeting monthly in members’ homes across the Valley. You choose where you would like to attend. This is an opportunity to read and discuss new books related to American Indian culture — both fiction and non-fiction. If you are interested in becoming a member of an exciting literary group, find a location near your home.

The Northeast Valley book Club of the Heard Guild: Fools_CrowOur next meeting will at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at the home of Mary & Lynn Endorf. The book for discussion is “Fools Crow by James Welch”. (Look online for lots of information about James Welch one of the outstanding writers who were part of the American Indian Literary Renaissance of the 1960’s.)
Contact Linda Hefter:

The West Valley book Club of the Heard Guild Little_Tree This month’s selection is “The Education of Little Tree” by Forrest Carter for discussion at their next meeting which will be at the home of Regina Rodger on March 10 at 10:00am.
Contact Winona Passmore:

Not a Book Club Member Yet?
Northeast Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Linda Hefter:
Central Phoenix Guild Book Club. Contact Jackie Kemmer:
West Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Winona Passmore:

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Shop Amazon and Support the Heard Museum.

Amazon_Smile Shopping on the Internet is even more rewarding now. When you shop on Amazon, you can buy what you want, when you want, AND have Amazon donate a percentage of your purchase to the HEARD MUSEUM!! It’s simple to register and an easy way to support the Heard each time you purchase online. Here’s how:

      • Go online to
      • Create an account or enter your user ID and Amazon password – log-in
      • Select the Heard Museum,Phoenix, AZ as the recipient of AmazonSmile contributions
      • Shop till you drop!!!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Return to for your online shopping and build Amazon’s contributions to the Heard!!

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Fry’s Community Rewards Program

The Heard Museum has teamed up with Frys Community Rewards Program. Once an individual adds the Heard as their community partner Fry’s will send the Museum a rebate check for no less than $25 every quarter. The more people spend the more we get!!
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Upcoming Guild Events

March 6, 5:30 – 8:00p.m. – Indian Fair & Market Best of Show/Silent Auction/Fashion Show.
March 7,  8:00 a.m. – 9:0 a.m. Indian Fair & Market / Early Bird Shopping
March 8, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Indian Fair & Market.
March 9, 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. – Indian Fair & Market
March 12, 19, 26 9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. – Native People of the Southwest Short Course
March 27, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Student Art Show and Sale / Members Only Preview / Meet the Artists – Lincoln
March 27, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Members Only – Student Art Show & Sale in Lincoln- Silent Auction in Monte Vista
March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Student Art Show & Sale
March 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Student Art Show & Sale
March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Student Art Show & Sale
March 28, 29 – Student Art Summer Symposium for 2015

All details for the above; time, location, registration, and contact person can be found on the website Calendar.

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Upcoming Museum Events

March movies at the Heard (also March 16)

Enhance your visit to the Heard with a stop in the museum’s recently renovated
Joel and Lila Harnett Theater, which exhibits films about Native life, culture and art.

Tuesday, March 10, 1 p.m. — Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World (1985, 58 min.) is a compelling study of the Hopi that captures their deep spirituality and reveals their integration of art and daily life. Amidst the beautiful images of Hopi land and life, a variety of Hopi – a farmer, religious elder, grandmother, painter, potter and weaver – speak about the preservation of the Hopi way.
Monday, March 16, 1 p.m. — Maria: Black Pottery of San Ildefonso Pueblo (30 min.) shows the famous potter making and firing pottery.
Monday, March 16, 1:30 p.m. — Pablita Velarde: An Artist and Her People (1984, 20 min.). Meet Pablita Velarde, the noted Santa Clara Pueblo artist (1918-2006). Through her work at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, Velarde records the traditions and legends of her ancient people, so that future tribal generations may know and understand their heritage. Here we see Velarde mixing her own paints from natural, earth-found material, sketching in the wilderness, teaching young Indian children, and capturing on canvas, the essence of ceremonies, customs and present-day Pueblo life.

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m –  American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day
Learn more about those items lurking in your closet or collecting dust on your display shelves! Bring them to the Steele Auditorium at the Heard Museum during our semi-annual American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day, presented by the Heard Museum Council. Leading Native art traders will examine your treasures and offer information about materials, dates, artists and traditions. Will you be the next visitor to find that your old Navajo rug is worth a small fortune? Or that the 1850s-era deer skin dress that’s been in your family is now valued at $70,000, as one amazed owner learned during a past appraisal? Heard Museum Members receive $5 off per item!

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