Noticias March 2015


To Guides from the Education Department
March 2015

Heard Museum Guide Schedule:

From Jaclyn’s Desk……

Yá’at’eeh Las Guias,

Today is the first day of Dąąn or spring. The time of renewal. A period when life blooms, preparations are made to plant and when lambing season begins. For us at the Heard, it marks the beginning of our slide into summer and end of the year celebrations. As we make this transition I want to thank you for your continued service to the museum I am looking forward to the festivities.

In January, we hosted the “Indigenous Stereotypes in Sports” panel discussion which has now been made available via C-Span. This was an exciting event full of information about the issue. You can find the event here:

This story on NPR is one I love mostly because of how it ends. It’s focuses on the “Nation to Nation” exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Suzan Shown Harjo shares the following about the importance of the treaties, “The people who are citizens of the U.S., these are your treaties. They aren’t just the Indians’ treaties,” she notes. I think her comment is significant to note these stories and histories are important because they are part of our community’s, our nation’s history. This is a theme which can be related to a variety of our current exhibitions here at the Heard Museum.

Thank you!!


From Betty Murphy’s Desk………

Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for March 2015

March is National Women’s History Month and a great opportunity to sample four selections from the library collection on the roles played, the paths taken and the impact made by indigenous women. These selections provide insights into women’s lives and their stories in a variety of ways including a catalog from the 1994 exhibition, Watchful Eyes, which was the first group show devoted to American Indian women artists ever presented at the Heard Museum. All four examples are currently on display in the public reading area of the library. Please feel free to visit the library to review these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections. For more details or additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog link located in the pull-down menu of the library tab on the Heard website.

American Indian women, telling their lives
Bataille, Gretchen M. and Kathleen Mullen Sands
Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 1987, c1984
Heard call number E98.W8 B37 1987

Watchful eyes : Native American women artists
Harlan, Theresa, guest curator
Phoenix, Ariz. : Heard Museum, c1994
Heard call number OVZ:N6538.A4 W3 1994

Sky woman : indigenous women who have shaped, moved or inspired us
Laronde, Sandra, editor
Penticton, BC : Theytus Books, c2005
Heard call number NX513.S4 2005

Daughters of the earth : the lives and legends of American Indian women
Niethammer, Carolyn
New York : Collier books, 1977
Heard call number E98.W8 N53


From Lynn Bullock’s Desk……


We made it through another Indian Fair! If you missed out on getting signed copies of any the books by the authors who were here this year, we have a table full of them just inside the door of the book store. We did sell out of Paula Baxter’s new bracelet book, but more are on order.

To accompany the Loloma exhibit, we have Martha Struever’s “Loloma: Beauty is His Name” in both hardcover and paperback. We also have four signed and numbered lithographs priced between $335 and $350 (we had five, but already sold one!) as well as some limited edition 4”x6” prints of some of Loloma’s black and white drawings priced at $95.

Now we’re working on merchandise to accompany the Super Heroes exhibit – should be fun! Arigon Starr will be here on Saturday, March 31st outside Books & More from 1:30 till 3:00 to sign both volumes of her “Super Indian”. Don’t miss it!


From Sue Snyder’s Desk….

Thank you to all the Education Committee people who have worked so hard this year on the various tasks of our group. It really has been a pleasure for me and a learning experience. At this time, the committee will need to replace some very key people who are ending their work. If you are interested in furthering the mission of the Heard, there a many chances to become involved in some very key areas in the education area. If you are not interested in taking on a job entirely by yourself, you might consider working with a friend and making the job a little easier and fun by sharing the task. All of the jobs are well defined and have past workers who are glad to share their tips and advice.

Thank you to Kathy Todd for keeping track of attendance at all the Walk-Thru trainings this year. I am looking for a new chair of this activity. If you are interested or have a suggestion, please let me know.

Peer Review was a big job this year with 41 LG guides up for review. That is almost double the usual number. Jan Lathrop and Joan Jasso did an excellent job and will be hard to replace, but after several years, they are asking for someone else to take on this task. Again, if you are interested or have a suggestion, please let me know.

Speaker’s Bureau has been chaired by Dorothy Sullivan with technical help from John Nuerenberg and Dorothy is leaving but willing to train a replacement. She has suggested an update of the guidelines of the committee which was done several years ago by Barbara Jones. Again if you have an interest, there is an opportunity to get involved.

There will be other postings for “Help Wanted” to follow, but at this time these are some of the key replacements. Let me know if you have ideas or questions.

We will be doing a Children’s Tour ideas with Shaliyah Ben on April 15th after the last Guild meeting of the year. The time will be at 1:00 and will feature some things to help us refresh our techniques for the summer when we will have an influx of summer campers and summer school students. The Super Hero exhibit starting in May will also bring younger people into the Heard although we will not tour that exhibit.

At the Ed Council meeting today concern was voiced by guides that with an increase in the number of guests in the museum, it is very important that guides show up for their scheduled times. If an emergency comes up, call and there is a list of “on call” people and it might be possible to get someone in. Likewise, if you know you have a conflict (like out of town guests), please ask for a sub as early as possible. The huge numbers (Yea!) have made it necessary for guides to be flexible. For example, recently there have been as many as 100 people in the information area waiting for a tour on the hour. With two guides scheduled, there would still be big groups. If you are scheduled for a gallery talk on the half hour, it might be necessary to cancel that and make a third group of the 100. It is important that guides talk all of this over and make on the spot revisions in plans.

Thanks again for all of the help and support that you have given me.

Sue Snyder


From Shaliyah’s Desk….

Hello Las Guias,

I don’t have much to add but to remind everyone to please please please obtain subs in a TIMELY manner and to please search for a sub if you are not going to make your shift. It is trying on everyone involved if you are not here and we have to scramble because you are assigned to a private group and we are short or if one of your touring colleagues now has a group of 40 for a HOME tour when it really was supposed to be split. Please keep these sorts of scenarios in consideration if/when absences should arise.

Also we are very happy to offer the Las Guias Friends and Family Tour Option to active Las Guias only. What is Las Guias Friends and Family Tour Option? This Tour Option allows you to book a tour with ME (not Adult Tours). You guests receive admission for $13 each with no minimum of 10 participants, meaning should you only want to bring two people, that is fine. If any of your guests are members please let me know at the time of booking because naturally they are free and so is one of your guests because each of you are members of the Heard. The guided tour fee for your group is also waived since it is assumed you are the one performing the tour. It is still mandatory to give me a two week advance notice so that I can fit this in with our schedule and school tours as well as adult tours that are booked. This is a perfect opportunity to show off your touring skills to your friends and family! Why wouldn’t you!? You are all so awesome!

Round of Applause

On March 11 a former worker with the National Park Service took a tour from Marilyn Brooks. She made it a point to boast about “the best tour she had ever been on ever!” There was a deep appreciation for Marilyn’s attention to detail and how she wove stories into her presentation. I (Shaliyah) was even approached by this lady as I passed through admissions and she was very enthusiastic about this fabulous tour! Way to go Marilyn!

Happy Touring,



*Please keep tours to 45 minutes. Gallery Talks, 20 minutes.

*Please remember to check the galleries and replenish activities if necessary.

*Please rove in galleries and engage with public, please avoid standing around the info desk.

*Please obtain subs in a timely manner, not one week before.


*Please arrive at the info desk 15 minutes before your tour starts, not 3, 2, or 1 minute before 😉


Exhibit Schedule

Home: Native People in the Southwest – long term

We Are! Arizona’s First People – long term

Every Picture Tells a Story– long term

Remembering Our Boarding School Days – long term

Around the World – long-term

“The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century” – through April 2015

“Time Exposures: Exploring a history of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century” – through September 27th, 2015

“Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art” – through November 2015

“Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century” – through April 3, 2015

Shaliyah J. Ben
Education Program & Outreach Manager
2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602.251.0259 direct
602.252.9757 fax

The Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004