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Education is a priority for the Guild as we support the Heard Museum’s mission to “educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the art, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.” We have a comprehensive program that includes a variety of offerings, both for Guild and Museum members and the general public.

American Indian Studies

As part of its commitment to continuing education, the Heard Museum Guild presents several short courses each year. The aim of the courses is to enhance one’s respect for Native peoples and to develop an appreciation of their art and culture. The courses are open to the public.

Information on additional Short Courses in 2019 will be posted when available.

Away from Home:  American Indian Boarding School Stories

  • Tuesdays, January 8, January 15 and January 22, 2019, 9:30 am-noon.
  • This is a three-session course.
  • All sessions will be held in Steele Auditorium.
  • There are three instructors: Janet Cantley, Curator, Heard Museum, Project Manager of Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories;  Patty Talahongva, Hopi, Curator, Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, she also works with Native American Connections, is an advisor for the update of the Heard Boarding School Exhibit and attended Phoenix Indian School;  and James Riding In, Pawnee, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University, Tempe and Editor, Wicazo Sa Review.
  • The facilitator is Phyllis Manning (shortcourse@heardguild.org)
  • Short Course fee: $45.

After almost two decades, the Heard Museum’s unique and important Boarding School Exhibition has been enhanced to allow the visitor an immersive experience into the many stories of those whose lives were impacted by the Federally operated Boarding School System.  New scholarship and inclusion of current material and technology have broadened the scope and effect of this exhibit which opens on January 26, 2019.  This Short Course is designed to give a preview of the many facets of the exhibit, including government policies and personal stories.

How to Register:  Email Phyllis Manning at shortcourse@heardguild.org.

Pay the fee here by credit card.


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Monthly Guild Meetings

At each of the Guild’s regular monthly meetings, a speaker presents a program on Native culture or art, Arizona and Southwest history, or current activities on the reservations.  The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month from September through April and non-Guild members are welcome to attenc.

Here is the schedule of speakers and their topics.

September 26, 2018: David Roche, Dickey Family Director and CEO of the Heard Museum, Henri Matisse and the Native Alaskan Masks that inspired him,” and Diana Pardue, Chief Curator of the Heard Museum, “The Bartlett and Heard Collections’ Connection with the Yua Exhibit”

October 17, 2018: Jed Foutz, owner, Shiprock Santa Fe Gallery, “Shiprock Trading Days”

November 28, 2018: Our November speakers are instrumental in running the Heard.  Four special employees will talk about their departments at the Heard and how these impact the success of the museum.

  • Dan Hagerty, Director of Strategic Development and Programming;
  • Allison Lester, Membership Manager;
  • Mario Klimiades, Library and Archives Director;
  •  Bruce McGee, Director of Shop and Books & More.

December 5, 2018: Holiday Brunch and Holiday Gift Market: Necklaces, Bracelets, Rings & Things—Art, Pottery & Baskets! Proceeds will be used to publish the new Guild History for the Library and Archives written by Beverly Watkins, as well as additional Guild projects.

January 16, 2019: Erin Joyce, Heard Museum Curator, “Josef Albers in Mexico,” an exhibit that will open in the Jacobs0n Gallery in Spring 2019.

February 20, 2019: Robert Doyle, Canyon Records

March 20, 2019: Ricardo Cate’, Navajo cartoonist

April 17, 2019: Kelly Washington, Cultural Resources Director, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, “The Authm and Piipaash people’s history of the last 400 hundred years since the coming of the Spaniards . . . from their viewpoint.”


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Docent Training / Las Guias

Often the most profound contact between the Heard Museum and the visiting public is provided by Las Guias (Spanish for “The Guides”). This group of dedicated volunteers extends hospitality, provides interpretation of exhibits and programs, and, in a warm and personal way, implements the mission of the Museum “to educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the art, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.”
For information about Museum tours…

The Las Guias Docent training course begins each fall in October under the sponsorship of the Heard Museum Guild working closely with the professional staff of the Museum’s Education Department. There is no prerequisite beyond interest, but a fee is charged. A commitment is required of at least two years of guide service with a minimum of 30 tours per year (two scheduled half-days per month, June through May).  For more information about Docent training…

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Book Clubs

If you are interested in becoming a member of an exciting literary group, contact  BookClubEast@heardguild.org.

What our Book Club members have to say:

The Guild Book Club: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. ~ Marlene Scholsohn

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.

Our North Scottsdale Book club has been very successful – we’re even meeting in July! As you know , Linda Hefter is our leader and she is so smart, and well read and willing to give her time to our meetings and discussions and book choices. But so are most of our steady members. (Several of us have many obligations.)

Our books are previously researched and then chosen by all of us. So we all read every book and ALLL our discussions are open and lively. We are meeting in each other’s homes so we’re all relaxed and open and easy and we’re all becoming good friends.

I think The Book Club is proving to be a bright and learning and happy endeavor for all of us. We all look forward to our meetings and I am enjoying my participation very much. Come join us!

Some Books the Heard Museum Guild Book Club Has Read:

  • The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
  • Into the Beautiful North: A Novel by Luis Alberta Urrea
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn
  • Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
  • Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  • Changing Woman: The Life and Art of Helen Hardin by Jay Scott
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heavenby Sherman Alexie
  • Rez Life by David Treuer
  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Lacuna: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Me and Mine: The Life Story of Helen Sekaquaptewa by Louise Udall
  • Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn
  • The Wind Won’t Know Me: A History of the Navajo-Hope Land Dispute by Emily Benedek
  • LaRose: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
  • American Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest by Mark Thompson


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