Artifacts – October 2015


New Password for Guild Website – Oct. 15

A new level of privacy protection has been added to the Guild website to those website pages that contain members contact information, schedules as well as sensitive Guild financial information.  For the website pages that contain private information a new password will be required to access this content.  There is ONLY ONE PASSWORD for all members.   The password is HMG#29

Where to find password protected content on the website that requires entering the password HMG#29.

Under the “For Members” tab on the website:
Members Roster
Email Alias List
Heard Staff Contact List

Under “The Guild” tab on the website:

Guild Board & Committee Chairs Contact Information
Guild Financials
Guild Meeting Minutes

Under “Las Guias” tab on the website:
Las Guias Roster
Label Copy
Annual Guide Schedule
Weekly Guiding Schedule

You will still need your personal PW to access & record your hours and the shopping cart.

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Volunteer Hours

Summer months for the most part are behind us and I would encourage all Guild members to review their Volunteer hours. Many of you contribute to the Guild while you are out of town and need to update your records. I would ask that all Guild members who record hours do so on a regular basis instead of waiting until the end of March 1016. If you need assistance just email me your hours or call me and I will post your volunteer hours. Just for your information, our Volgistics software shows 498 Records, 360 Archived Records and as of this date and 1,154,613 Cumulative hours of Volunteer Time. The drop off box for Volunteer Hours is still located in the Guild Room and is checked by me often. Thanks in advance for all your service time, dedication, talent, and passion you all pour into this Guild organization.  Rod Passmore,

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Guild President Greetings

It was wonderful to see so many people at the September Guild meeting! Thanks to John Bulla and the Museum staff for providing an update on the exciting events and exhibits coming up at the Museum. We have much to look forward to with many opportunities to engage with and support the staff and Museum programs.

I know all of us are looking forward to news about the appointment of a permanent Museum CEO & Director. As of this moment, the Trustee search committee, of which I am a member, has narrowed the selection to three highly qualified candidates. Interviews are on-going with these individuals and we hope to have news of a final decision soon.

With the changes in the weather, we can once again share time together in the courtyard. This has always been a favorite gathering place for Guild members to take a break, trade stories, and enjoy one another!  Looking forward to seeing you on campus and sharing the fun of the Heard!!!


P.S. I hear the fall menu at the café is terrific!!!

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October 21 Guild Meeting

RoxanneDunbarOrtiz_web-220x210After a social from 9:30 to 10 a.m., a featured speaker, author of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz takes the lectern from 10 to 11 a.m. In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them.

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is at the bookstore and signed copies will be available at the bookstore after Roxanne speaks.
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Place: Steele Auditorium

  • 9:30 – Socializing
  • 10:00 – Speaker
  • 11:00 – Business meeting

Refreshments will be provided by Student Art committee.

Looking Ahead to November

Mary Kim Titla. (Apache) will be featured speaker. She is a  former TV Host in Tucson, very involved in Native America young peoples issues. publlsher, 2008 candidate in Arizona First Congregational District.

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Welcome New Guild Members

Janet I. Becker
Joe Reiss

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Can You Help?

Exciting, Fun Opportunities are Waiting for Guild Volunteers
This is the time of year when the Heard Museum and the Guild get into action, and you can be part of the action. Flexible shifts are available to accommodate busy schedules.  If you have not volunteered yet, give it a try and if you have volunteered in the past, try something new. Be a part of the fabulous energy that is the Heard Museum during our Fall season.

El Mercado de Las Artes – Nov. 14 – 15, Courtyard
Need Volunteers & Drink & Snack Donations

This is an exciting, casual and friendly annual marketplace at the Heard. The Guild provides the artist hospitality and WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Volunteers are needed to help prepare breakfast, host the breakfast stations and push the snack carts and water around the campus.  Shifts are available both Saturday and Sunday, early morning, morning, and afternoon.  Donations of food items are ALWAYS appreciated.  Individual bottles of water, Sunny-D and juice are needed.  Snacks are always in high demand, including individually packaged items such as granola bars, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, dried fruit, cookies… you get the idea!

There will be a box in the Guild Room for non-perishable donations only.

Contact Sandie Straub at to volunteer or to ask questions.  Please include your phone # in your email or call (602) 526-6194.  Join us for a wonder and fun-filled day!     Hugs, Sandie Straub

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More Volunteers Needed: Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Nov. 6
Great Opportunity to chat with the Staff & show our appreciation.

The co-chairs for the event this year are Rod & Winona Passmore and Cathy & Hank Short. The event will take place in the Monte Vista room. This event is an opportunity to meet and greet and interact with staff members and show our appreciation for the staff and the contributions they provide to the museum. It is also an opportunity to provide a great pot-luck meal for the staff. We will be asking for food and cash donations as well as volunteers to help serve and clean up. If you would like to help and can provide any of these services, please contact:

Thanks in advance for your help ~ Rod, Winona, Hank, Cathy

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Indian Fair & Market Volunteer Placement Chair Position
This is a great job for two people to Co-Chair.

Would you like to volunteer from the comfort of your own home on your schedule and in your PJ’s?  Do you automatically proofread road signs and restaurant menus for typos and misspellings?  Can you construct a simple Excel spreadsheet or are you willing to learn?  Do you have a reliable printer?  Then do I have the Volunteer Position for you!   Shadow Lucille Shanahan in 2015-16 as Guild Indian Fair and Market Volunteer Placement Chair and become Placement Chair in 2016-17.  Responsibilities include attendance at three Fair Committee Chair meetings, keeping an Excel spread sheet of volunteer lists sent by individual Committee Chairs, helping Fair Chairs fill openings, printing and distributing Fair Volunteer Badges.  This is a great job for two people to Co-Chair.  For more information, contact Lucille Shanahan at or at 623-556-1430.

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Guild Trips

Haven’t taken a Guild trip yet?  Read our Traveler’s Reviews 


Tohono O’odham Native Lands – Dec. 4-6

Native cultures specialist Jesús Garcia from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum will lead a tour exploring the Tohono O’odham native lands from the current reservation land into northern Sonora to study how this amazing culture managed to exist in the harsh environment known as the Hells Highway.Along with specialist Bob Scarborough, we explore the upper Gulf of California where the desert meets the Sea. We’ll spend a day in the amazing volcanic field of the Pinacate as well as a day learning about the intertidal zone of the Gulf of California. All the while enjoying wonderful seafood treats, cocktail parties and spectacular ocean views from our resort property on the beach. For more information or to sign up, email Shelley Mowry:
Space is limited.

Tohono O’odham Native Lands Flyer
Tohono O’odham Native Lands Registration

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Northern Chihuahua Feb 5-8, 2016

We’ll travel to northern Chihuahua to spend time with amazingly talented potters in the village of Mata Ortiz. This visit will enhance your experience of the Heard Guild’s Indian Fair & Market’s theme of celebrating pottery.

You’ll spend an afternoon welcomed into the home of Juan Quezada and his family. We’ll enjoy a lecture on clay and painting techniques.

Other highlights include: time at the amazing archeological ruins and world class museum of Paquimè.

A visit to Spencer and Emi MacCallums home for a entertaining reception and lecture. We’ll enjoy lunch at Hacienda San Diego, one of Luis Terrazas many grand properties in Chihuahua. All the while enjoying visits with many of the regions finest artists to acquire fabulous pottery at very reasonable prices.

For more information or to sign up, email Shelley Mowry:

Northern Chihuahua Flyer
Northern Chihuahua Registration form

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Save The Dates – 2016 Prepare for The Fair Series

Series is chock full of facts about Southwestern Pottery, presented by leading pottery makers and authors.

Prepare for the Fair Series Registration beginning in November. The series will begin with the January meeting of the Guild and continue on January 28, February 4, February 11 and February 18, 2016. Since next year’s fair will focus on Pottery, the Prepare for the Fair Series is chock full of facts about Southwestern Pottery, presented by leading pottery makers and authors from across the Southwest as well as the Heard’s own experts. As an added bonus, the final session will focus on turquoise and contemporary jewelry. The series will be held at the Heard Museum. Specific times, fees and how to register information will be coming soon.

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Short Course: Apache Stories told by Apaches

Please join us for a three-week series on Apache Stories told by Apaches, an in-depth study of Apache Culture, scheduled from 9:30-12:30pm.

Nov 5 – will feature Ann Skidmore of the White Mountain Apaches.
Nov. 12 – will be with Vernelda Grant of the San Carlos Apaches.
Nov. 19 – will be with Michael Darrow of the Fort Sill Chiracha Apaches. Michael Darrow is the nephew of Alan Houser, the grandson of Magnus Coloradas and the son of feminine pioneer, Ruey Houser. The class will feature creation stories, pre-contact life, settling on the reservations and modern Apache life.

Short Course will be taught by Heard Museum Docent Marilyn Brooks. For more information or to register, email Mary Lee

Registration Fee

  • Active Las Guias members: $25
  • Guild members: $40
  • Heard Museum members: $50
  • Non-members: $60

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Book Clubs

Neither_Wolf_nor_DogNortheast Valley Book Club:  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 27, at the home of Mary and Lynn Endorf in Fountain Hills. The book for discussion is Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn. For more information contact Linda Hefter:

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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Las Guias Happenings

Education Exchange – October 12, 8:30-2:45 p.m. “Something Old, Something New”

We carefully studied the evaluations from last year’s Tune Up. Practical tips for guiding was a frequently mentioned suggestion. This topic always bears inclusion in Fall Tune Up. However, just as the museum’s focus is broadening so will we try to provide new and exciting educational opportunities on October 12.

As per Las Guias suggestions, we have negotiated with the Café to provide a more reasonably priced lunch. Lunch will be buffet style trays and will include Spanish Market salad, Chicken Salad on Cranberry Walnut Bread, and Turkey BLT wrap. Las Guias will provide water and ice tea. We will get our share of sweets from the morning goodies and afternoon treats also provided by Las Guias. The cost of the lunch will be $10.00.

As per your requests, we have shortened our day. Program hours are 8:30-2:45.

Please RSVP to Sheia Mehlem We need to know if you will be attending and if you wish to order lunch. Checks for lunch can be sent to Sheila Mehlem, 219 West Country Gables Drive, Phoenix, AZ. 85023. Checks should be made out to Heard Museum Guild.

Breakout Sessions – Sign up in morning when checking in.

  • “Expand  Your Horizons, New Ideas for Tours”: a discussion with moderators Jack Brock, Linda Hefter, and Jaclyn Roessel
  • “Hallmarks of Native Southwest Jewelry”: by authors Pat and Kim Messier from Tucson
  • “Emerging Trends and Materials in Native American Art”: by local artists Mary Irene and Joshua R.

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Continuing Education Credit

Remember attendance at the Guild meetings and listening to the speakers counts as a continuing education credit.
Enter your Continuing Education Credits HERE.

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Helen Hardin New Exhibit Walk-Thru – Oct 21
Open to Information Desk, Library & Shop Volunteers

Linda Hefter of the New Exhibit Training Committee will lead walk-throughs of Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings immediately following the Guild meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.The new exhibit which opens at the Heard on Oct. 2 will feature all 23 first editions of the Santa Clara artist’s collection of copper plate etchings completed by the artist from 1980 to 1984. This is the first time this body of work by one of the most significant artists of the 20th century has been assembled and shown in its entirety. Meet at the top of the Grand Staircase an the entrance to the Library Hall.
Questions? Contact Linda Hefter at

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Heard October Happenings

Call For Artists

Emerging American Indian artists (16-20 years old) living in Maricopa County and interested in in the arts are encouraged to apply to be one of eight “mentee artists” featured in an exhibition opening in February 2016 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

The exhibition would consist of co-created works from eight pairs of American Indian artists from the greater southwest region. Each pair would involve one established “mentor” artist and one emerging artist (ages 16-20). Each partnership would involve the co-creation of a collaborative piece or series of work, dependent on media. The exhibit will include diverse media: textile or fiber arts, film, metalsmith, ceramic, painting, and fashion design.

Eligibility: American Indian artists 16-20 years old with a displayed talent in an artistic medium.

TO APPLY: Completely fill out the application. Students will be selected based on their displayed interest to work with a mentor artist, artistic aptitude and availability to attend studio times.

Return this application to:
Confluence Exhibit, c/o Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 or email to

DEADLINE: October 9, 2015 at 3pm via email or mail

Note: Applications will be verified to ensure applicant is qualified to participate. Participants will be contacted if selected. Questions – please call 602-251-0244 or email

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Frida’s Fiesta

Dinner is Friday, Dec. 4

Frida fiestaHeard Museum members get a special price of $35 per person (tax and gratuity additional) for a savory one-time-only holiday fiesta buffet dinner re-created by the chefs of our Courtyard Café! The dishes are based on recipes from the book Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo by Marie-Pierre Colle and Guadalupe Rivera.

Hurry! Member pricing ends Oct. 31, when tickets go on sale to the general public at $45 per person (tax and gratuity extra). Purchase tickets

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Heard October Events

Oct. 16-18 – Heard Museum Shops Annual Fall Sale – Almost everything from katsina dolls and jewelry to baskets, textiles, pottery and fine art will be 10% off. Heard Museum members save an extra 10% off all purchases – for a total of 20% off.

sitting_bullOct. 1611:30-2:30pm
At Books & More, the Heard’s bookstore, S.D. Nelson (Standing Rock Sioux/Lakota) will be signing his new book Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior (Abrams, $19.95). right, as well as some of his previous children’s titles.

Oct. 22, 7-9pm – Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord(Navajo) Lecture – “The Healing Properties of Navajo Ceremonies” The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University.

Oct 24 – 6-10pm – Moondance at the Heard is an elegant and delightful evening filled with museum friends and supporters.

Oct. 31 – Public opening: ‘Frida Kahlo — Her Photos’ and ‘Las Favoritas de Frida’ – begins at 11:30am
Spend time celebrating the opening of two exhibitions in Frida style. In the Central Courtyard, Lovena Ohl Gallery and Jacobson Gallery.

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

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