Happening Now

New in this Issue:

  • Bookstore: looking for something to read? Check out the 3 featured books from our Bookstore.
  • Great Day Trip: check out Around Town announcement: Honoring an Arizona War Hero
  • Remember to record service hours
  • Las Guias: Ed Council meets after Guild meeting in Encanto

President’s Message

January starts off with an interesting and informative short course on Saturday mornings-Jan. 11, 18 and 25th.  It is entitled Basketry: Ancient Art- Fragile Future.  If you have not yer registered, please contact Kurt Kahlenbeck.  Thank you to Kurt and to Education Coordinators Maryann Fast and Don Montrey for putting this together.

We also are very fortunate to have Jhane Myers as our speaker at the January 15th Guild meeting.  Jhane has agreed to stay for the afternoon presentation of the PBS documentary on N.Scott Momaday which she helped produce.  She will be available to answer questions.  It will be shown at 1pm in Steele Auditorium on the 15th of January after the Guild Meeting.

And of course, Fair activities will begin in earnest.  Although many of you (Anna in particular ) have been busy since the last Fair ended. We will have T-shirts available for sale at the January meeting thanks to John and Terry Nesbitt.

Sue Snyder

Guild General Meeting: January 15,2020 – 9:30 -11:30.

Guest Speaker: Jhane Myers.

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 1 p.m., the Heard Museum is screening the PBS documentary on N. Scott Momaday which Jhane Myers, helped produce.  She has graciously agreed to stay for the afternoon, following her morning presentation, to take questions about the film.  Please join us that afternoon in Steele Auditorium.  The documentary is excellent; was the winner of several Emmys and it will be a delight to have Jhane available to tell us about the making of this film.

Anita Hicks



Reminder to Record Guild Service Hours

All Guild members are encouraged to record their service hours using the electronic Volgistics system accessed on the Guild website.  Remember the Guild service year is APRIL 1 to MARCH 31.  Your hours recorded between those dates are considered Service hours for the current year.  Hours recorded after March 31, 2020 are rolled over to the next year’s audit.  These hours are so important as they aid the Museum in preparing grant proposals and these hours also help us honor Guild members for outstanding and dedicated volunteer work.

The following is the Heard Museum Guild Service Time and Awards Policy including what does and does not qualify as Service time hours:

1.  Service time begins at the time of arrival at the place of assignment and ends at the finish of that work session.

2.  Actual time at Board meetings, Guild meetings, committee meetings, and work sessions relating to Museum and Guild SERVICE.

3. On the job training for the Shop, Library, Curatorial dept. and Information desk.

4. Training REQUIRED for maintaining or improving proficiency in any service area, including workshops, continuing education, and new exhibit walk-throughs.

5.  Travel time to and from an assignment, meeting, work session, or job training, may also be included as service time.

6. Las Guias class members receive 186 service hours following their completion of the program.  Any Las Guias trips are included in these hours.


If you need assistance recording your service hours please email Mary Endorf, Service Awards Chair at maryendorf@comcast.net

Short Course

American Indian Basketry:  Ancient Art – Fragile Future,  January 11, 18, and 25, 2020

On October 28, 2019, the Heard Museum opened the exhibition “David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry.”  Coinciding with this exhibition, this Short Course will explore the ancient art of basketry, especially by the American Indians who live in northern and central California, near Yosemite.  You will hear from Lucy Parker (Pomo), who is part of a long-established basket-making family; and Jennifer Bates, a master basket weaver, who will talk about weaving in her area. Well-known weaver Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham) will talk about basketry from southern Arizona and the different techniques between California and Arizona baskets.  Changing weather, brush fires, pesticides, and other things all affect the materials the weavers use, and we will hear about the effects of these and what this means for the future of American Indian basketry.

For more information on the speakers, click here.

The course runs for three Saturdays, January 11, 18, and 25, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Steele Auditorium.  Cost is $45.

Register with Pat Briggs, shortcourse@heardguild.org. Pay the $45 course fee by credit card here.

Seeking Volunteers for Information Desk

Looking to help? The Information Desk at the Heard is the perfect place to join.  We need volunteers to greet our visitors and help them map their visit to the Heard.  Shifts are 3 hours, 10-1 and 1-4.  Call Jane Sanford 602.363.8994 or email janephxrealestate@gmail.com for how to join.

Hoop Dance Food Donations

Donations are requested for the 2020 Hoop Dances, which will be held on February 8-9. We need non-perishable, individually wrapped food items, or cash donations.  A box will be placed in the Guild Room for the food donations, and cash donations can be made at the Museum’s Admissions desk.  These donations help support the dancers and their families, thank you!

Short Courses: “Presenting at” or “Wanting to Help” with Heard Short Courses?

Kurt Kahlenbeck is the chair for short course planning and is in charge of all planning details. If you would like to help or will be a presenter, please communicate with Kurt, who will communicate with Heard staff for planning. It is important that Heard staff hear from one voice regarding planning details to avoid confusion or conflicting information.

You can contact Kurt at 480-622-4297 or at kurt_dipont@hotmail.com

Guild Trips

Heard Museum membership is required for all participants. If you or your travel partner aren’t museum members, please visit Heard.org and click on the support tab on the top banner of the home page for information on how to join

A special shout out for the Alamos trip…I have three openings and two just cancelled.


Alamos, Sonora, Mexico – January 25-31, 2020

UPDATE: our seats are filling fast! We now only have rooms for two people with one king-size bed. All rooms with two beds have been filled. The rooms with a king-size bed are for the four night stay at the beautiful Hacienda de Los Santos in Alamos. Rooms with two beds are still available for the first and last nights of the trip.

Hacienda de los Santos

Once the wealthiest silver mine in the Spanish empire, Alamos is now a haven for Ex-Pats who have restored historic haciendas back to their original glory of the 18-19th centuries.

Our first evening will be on the beach at San Carlos. We will then travel to Alamos for four days of all genres of music to choose from — musicians and singers from all over the world will entertain you. We will tour restored haciendas, experience an educational tequila tasting, and there will be many delicious meals to experience.

Our onboard guide will keep us informed and entertained about the history, flora, and politics of the areas we visit. The Heard loves to return to Alamos! Come travel with us! We usually sell out quickly.

Contact Shelley Mowry at travel@heardguild.org.

Revised: The itinerary is here.  The registration form is here.

The Heard Guild Presents The Miracle of Mata Ortiz – February 24-27, 2020

Join the Heard Guild on a journey to visit the high plateau of northern Chihuahua, Mexico on a tour to Mata Ortiz. Our focus of this tour is the Paquimé culture and the amazing pottery produced by very talented artists in the region, highlighting the inspiration born out of the curiosity and diligence of artist, Juan Quezada.

We’ll meet Juan and his charming family with a special invitation to their home to hear Juan share his life’s journey. You’ll get a chance to test your decorating ability and see pots in various parts of the process, culminating with the exciting results of a live firing.    We’ll spend time with Spencer and Emi MacCallum.  It was Spencer that “discovered” Juan’s pots in a New Mexico curio store then journeyed to Mata Ortiz to find the young man.    The rest….is now history.


Contact Shelley Mowry at travel@heardguild.org.

All Things Fair

Anna Flynn, Fair Chair
928.899.6073 (text or call)

Jury Competition Awards
Ribbon Fundraising

Goal: $74,050 .   Pledged/Received: $71,667    97% as of: 1/5/2020

To sponsor a ribbon please contact Ilga Ann Bunjer, Fundraising Chair at 602-438-4384 or ilgaann@centurylink.net, or see her at the Guild meeting on 10/16.

Cultural Performances, Storytelling and Book Signings

Many art forms are celebrated at the Fair, including music, dance, storytelling and writing. Amphitheater performers and storytellers are selected by the Cultural Performances Committee (Nancy O’Neal and Connie Thornton). Nancy and Connie went to the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in August and invited the Cellicion Traditional Zuni Dancers to the Fair. The Thunder Boy Dance Group/Hopi Butterfly Dancers led by Ryon Polequaptewa are returning. Also performing are award-winning hoop dancer and flutist, Tony Duncan (Apache/Arikara/ Hidatsa), his four children and wife, Violet. Doreen Duncan (Mandan/ Arikara/Hidatsa), co-founder of Yellowbird Dancers (and Tony’s mom) will lead The Women Dance, Beautifully, a celebration of dance to honor the essential role Native women play in Native communities. This group was commissioned by the Guild and produced and directed by Canyon Records for the first time at the 2019 Fair. Violet Duncan (Plains Cree and Taíno) will led storytelling and crafts.

The Courtyard Stage is sponsored by Canyon Records. Canyon celebrates its 21st year as a Heard Fair sponsor, partner, producer, and technical services provider. Founded in 1951 by Ray and Mary Boley, Canyon is one of Arizona’s enduring cultural institutions as well as one of the oldest independent record labels in the country. An important commercial producer and supporter of Native music, artists, and culture, Canyon began as a lead sponsor of the Heard Fair in 2000 and later underwrote performances of Canyon artists in the amphitheater. In 2009, Canyon established the Courtyard Stage to present Canyon artists in a more intimate setting. Since 2013, Canyon has provided sound and lighting for the Best of Show reception and fashion show, and photography for the 2018 and 2019 World Championship Hoop Dance Contest.

Each year, Emily Hogan of Books & More invites authors of books about the Southwest and Native American arts and cultures to sign their books at the Fair. Emily arranges the schedule, gathers bios and book cover images and coordinates the book sales and signings during the Fair.

FAIR Shadows Needed in 2020 to Assume Chair Role in 2021

Visitor Experience (Admissions/ASK ME/Literature Distribution): We are looking for someone to coordinate and schedule volunteers for Fair admissions (line management and working the registers) and for the ASK ME/literature tent/kiosks (distribute Fair literature to guests). The Visitor Experience Chair will line up volunteers, develop the schedule and manage volunteers during the Fair. The Chair will work closely with Allison Lester, Associate Director of Visitor and Member Engagement, and Megan Coleman, Heard Visitor Services. If interested in shadowing Barb Sparman for the 2020 Fair and being the 2021 Chair, please contact Barb Sparman at bsparman@msn.com.

Guild Volunteer Aprons

The Guild provides a free apron to all Guild Members who volunteer during the Indian Fair & Market, Student Art Show and Sale, the sale of Note Cards and helping with the Artist Hospitalities throughout the year.  They are one size fits all with an adjustable neck strap and pockets.  They are yours to keep and use over & over.  They will be available during the January and February Guild Meetings.  They are very good for letting our visitors know you are a member of the volunteer arm of the Heard Museum, willing & able to answer their questions and give directions.  They also let the visitors see how strong our Guild is and might encourage them to join in the fun and become members.

For those Guild Members who have received and signed for their aprons sometime in the past 10 years  whose aprons have grown legs and disappeared, you may purchase a replacement for $10, the Guild’s cost of the aprons.

Remember to come by to pick it up during the January or February Guild Meetings.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

“De” Bachmann

Fair BOS Fashion Show

Are You Into Fashion?  Here is an Opportunity for you to Volunteer  

A Friday night Fashion Show is part of the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market Best of Show Reception and Dinner. The catwalk takes place each year in the Museum Courtyard, running alongside the magnificent water installations which create a unique atmosphere.

A fascinating array of contemporary and traditional jewelry, leather work, and unique clothing and accessories are modeled for a huge audience of members, artists and guests.  Each amazing item is original and designed by artists participating in the Indian Market and Fair. The Fashion Show is a highly anticipated event that helps launch the Fair. Each year, guests eagerly look forward to seeing all the wonderful wearable art.

Volunteers options:

  • Assist with pre-show planning & coordination.
  • Participate in runway show as model.
  • Help supervise artists & models arrival on show night.
  • Assist artists, models, stylists, as needed on show night in Monte Vista.

Contact: MJ Boster, bostermj@gmail.com

Cultural Performances Volunteers

Cultural performances are looking for volunteers for a fun assignment during our Indian Market, March 7th  and 8th. Violet Duncan, heads up crafts and storytelling in the South entrance of Steele auditorium.  She needs a volunteer for either a morning or afternoon shift on both Saturday and Sunday.  These shifts are no longer than 2 hours.  This is a very popular activity with lots of participants.  contact Nancy O’Neal 480-812-5278 cell/text. nloneal22@gmail.com. Thank you.

2020 Fair Shirts For Sale To Members

The 2020 Fair shirts featuring the Prism of Emotion design by Venancio Aragon, Navajo. These shirts will be on sale at the Guild Meetings on January 15 and February 19, 2020. Member’s price for each shirt is $22, which represents a 12 % discount from the Fair price of $25.Shirts will be available in three styles and colors: Unisex, half sleeve, garnet color; Ladies 3/4 sleeve V – neck, color red; Ladies V – neck, color aqua.Sizes: Small through 2X. Sizes 3X and 4X in limited quantities.

Attention All Guild Members, YOU ARE NEEDED!

The 2020 Indian Fair & Market can’t happen without you!

We have over 700 volunteer slots to fill during the Fair. We need each one of our Guild members to volunteer once or even twice over the weekend. We also need you to ask family, friends, and neighbors to put in some volunteer time, too. The benefit for them is that they get to get into the Fair for FREE just for giving a little of their time.

Most volunteer shifts are two, three, or four hours on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

The Fair Committees that always need lots of help are listed here:

Have you enjoyed being a Guild volunteer?  I’ll bet the answer is yes!  Why not step up and chair your favorite activity the easy way.  Shadow your chair to learn the ropes.  We need shadows this year for:  Ask Me, Hospitality, Food & Beverage and Cultural Performances.  Don’t be shy, contact your chair listed above and let them know you are ready to shadow for 2021.

You can see the descriptions of all the Fair Committees on our Guild website by clicking HERE.  If you have questions or need help in contacting a Fair Chair, please contact me, Chuck Starnes, Volunteer Placement Chair, email: cstarnes33@gmail.com

Call For Citrus Donations for Fair Artist Hospitality

Artist Hospitality provides breakfasts, snacks and citrus fruits donated by our Guild members.  Since our “Citrus Greening Disease Quarantine“ three years ago, several of our citrus sources are no longer available.  In an effort to keep this unique tradition alive for Hospitality, I am making a plea to all Guild members to help.  If you or your neighbors are overwhelmed with an abundance of lemons, oranges or grapefruit, here is a chance to share the abundance with our Fair artists and their families.

For more information on how and when to donate your citrus, contact Chuck Starnes via email or phone:  cstarnes33@gmail.com;  623-580-7637 (home);  623-261-8969 (mobile).

Discount Hotel Rates for Fair Weekend

The Heard Museum Guild Fair organizers have secured discounted Hotel accommodation options for our artists, performers, judges and visiting dignitaries during the fair.  All must make and pay for their own reservation. The room blocks are available March 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2020. Rooms are limited so book early.

The deadline for booking these rates is February 7, 2020 or until the room block is filled.

Participating hotels and booking information here: 2020 hotel booking info Fair 2019-09-20

Hotel discounts are available to Guild members
as well as those friends and family members who will be  helping out at the fair


Museum Bookstore Featured Books

Here is an assortment of three books we are featuring  from our Bookstore this month.  Please stop by and check them out!

Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion, by David Wolfman.  As a classically trained chef of First Nations origin, David Wolfman has put together a collection of recipes that blend traditional Indigenous foods with European cooking techniques.  T

his book is well-illustrated with yummificent photos.




Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, by Wallace Stegner.   Stegner’s classic account of the John Wesley Powell expedition recounts the exploration of the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of tribes of the Southwest.  “This book goes far beyond biography, into the nature and soul of the American West.  It is Stegner at his best, assaying an entire era of our history, packing his pages with insights as shrewd as his prose.”  – Ivan Doig



Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, Edited by Grace Dillon.  This first-ever anthology interprets science fiction from the viewpoint of the colonized and the dispossessed.  If you think about it, who would know more about surviving an alien invasion than Indigenous people?  It’s interesting to discover how they perceive their possible futures.



Las Guias Happenings

There’s been a change to the location for Ed Council next Wednesday after the Guild meeting.  We will be in Encanto.


From the New Exhibit Training Committee…

Maria Hupfield Walk-Through: 
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Following the Guild Meeting
With Linda Hefter
Several of you have asked for one more Maria Hupfield walk-through.
Come join us on Wednesday.

California Baskets: Coiled or Twined?
There seems to be some confusion about the California baskets.
The Mona Lake Paiute baskets showed in conjunction with the David Hockney drawings are all coiled. The large Mary Benson basket in the activities area It’s Your Turn is a twined basket.

Looking Ahead to Larger Than Memory opening May 1:
One of the artists who will be featured in the new exhibit is Kent Monkman.
Two monumental new paintings by Kent are currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Here is a link to the article from the New York Times about his work — https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/arts/design/kent-monkman-metropolitan-museum.html.

The Docent Exchange

The Docent Exchange will be held at the Desert Botanical Gardens on February 13, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.We will meet in Dorrance Hall at the DBG and the theme will be “A Peak Behind the Scenes at the DBG”! An official invitation will be sent to us after the holidays. Those docents who are interested in attending should mark their calendars. This will be a wonderful experience for our docents.

Carol Seidberg
Phyllis Manning

Heard Museum Happenings

Members Extended Hours


We’re staying open late until 8 p.m. exclusively for Members on the third Thursday of the month beginning this November through April.


David Hockney’s American Travels with Richard Benefield

Friday, January 24
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location:Monte Vista Room

Join Richard Benefield, former executive director of The David Hockney Foundation, for an in-depth discussion about David Hockney’s Yosemite series in context with his other work completed while in North America.

Free and open to the public. Does not include museum admission.

Around Town

Honoring an Arizona War Hero
The 75ths Iwo Jima Flag Raising Event will be held Saturday February 22, at the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton.  A WWII airplane flyover at 8:30 a.m. signals the start of the parade.   The parade is an inter-tribal celebration of all Native Americans who have served in the military.  Represented is every branch of the Armed Forces, surviving Code Talkers, Ira Hayes family members, Tribal dignitaries, Native VFW members, Gold Star Parents, Mothers of MIA, Veterans, ROTC youth, motorcyclists who have completed the ‘Ride to the Wall’, Miss Pima and her Court, and more The parade is a visible display of the deep patriotism of Native Americans that inspires them to serve in our military and in war in a number greater than any other demographic.

Google Ira Hayes Parade 2020 for more details.

Following the parade is a program put on by the Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 at the nearby Mathew B. Juan-Ira H. Hayes Veterans Memorial Park.

Following the program is a complimentary lunch provided by the Post and served by members of the Gila River Indian Community.

If you go:

  • This is a family event.  Bring your family.  It’s an experience they won’t soon forget.
  • Park anywhere.  There will be signs and people directing. Follow the flow of cars, then people to the parade route.
  • Come early for the best selection of seating along the parade route.
  • Bring a lawn chair. Best place to sit is near the announcer (at the end of the parade route) across the street from the bleachers.  Sit facing the bleachers.  Coffee is usually available for purchase.  Water is available, but it’s easier if you bring your own.
  • Lunch is served in the Park and it’s easy to find a spot under a shade tree for your lawn chair.  This is a great time to meet some of the parade participants and to thank them for their service.  All are available and eager to share their stories.

As a history refresher:

On February 23, 1945 United States military forces gained control of the Japanese occupied island Iwo Jima. As a result. the American flag was raised on Mount Suribachi, at that time an iconic and historic photograph was taken. This photograph captured 5 United States Marines and 1 United States Navy Corpsman as they raised the American flag. Ira H. Hayes, a Pima Native American, a Marine, and a member of the Gila River Indian Community, was one of the men who raised the flag that day.

Here are directions from Phoenix to Sacaton:

Go east on I-10, take exit 175, turn right onto AZ 587, travel over the freeway and then take an immediate right onto Casa Blanca Road.  Sacaton is about 40 minutes from Phoenix.

There is no cost to attend but please email me at: kurt_dipont@hotmail.com so we know who is attending.

Please arrange any carpooling on your own.

Contact Diane Leonte, Guild Communications at: communication@heardguild.org if you have a “Happening” that you want to share with Guild members.  We would love to hear from you.