Learn With Us

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.

Home: Native Peoples in the Southwest
Short Course

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays November 4, 11 & 18, 2021
Location: Heard Museum – Monte Vista Room
Instructor: Linda Hefter (hefteraz@cox.net)
Facilitator: Susan Sherbocker (sjsherb11@gmail.com)
Short Course Fee: $45

Come meet the peoples who have lived and thrived in the Southwest from Prehistoric to Current times. The three-part course will include an exciting overview of the land, culture and history of both the ancient peoples of the Southwest and the federally recognized tribes and pueblos who call Arizona and New Mexico home today.

Session Three on November 18 will also include an introduction to the Native American Fine Art Movement and the Native American Renaissance in Literature.

Each of the three sessions will conclude with a 30 to 40 minute tour of the Heard Museum exhibits and sculpture. Whether you have lived in the desert for years or are new to the Southwest, don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this special place we all call Home.


To register email Short Course Facilitator Susan Sherbocker at sjsherb11@gmail.com.

To register & pay online on the Heard Guild Website Click on Link:   https://www.heardguildshop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=AIS-Nov-2021

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Monthly Guild Meetings

All Guild meetings as of September 2020 are being held virtually until circumstances with the COVID-19 Pandemic are resolved. See HAPPENING NOW for times and dates of upcoming 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 usually held in Steele Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month from September through April. Non-Guild members are welcome to attend.

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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…

Any member of the Heard Museum Guild may join Las Guias. To become a guide, the student must complete the basic training course of 109.6 hours and demonstrate effective guiding performance in the museum galleries. In addition, every guide must be a Heard Museum member as well as a Guild member.

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 bookclub@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 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 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 ALL 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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