Noticias May 2015


To Guides from the Education Department

May 2015

Heard Museum Guide Schedule:

From Jaclyn’s Desk……

Yá’at’eeh Las Guias,

There aren’t too many updates to make you aware since we have completed our last walk-through of the year. That said, I encourage you to spend some time in the “Super Heroes” exhibit, exploring activities – the urbanSTEW interactive animal companion piece and even the video game, “Never Alone”. As we move through out summer we will have different events, a CosPlay Ball as part of June’s First Friday and a Comic Creator Meet & Greet with Captain Paiute artist Theo Tso on May 30. I thank those that made time to come to the walk-throughs. I realize this will not be an exhibit where you bring folks into the gallery because of the gate fee but I do want Super Heroes to be an exhibit that is mentioned on your Highlights Tours. It does contribute critical themes to the on-going discussion of American Indian people being modern individuals. When we reflect on what makes tales of superheroes exciting or engaging, it is the themes of service, giving back, standing up for causes/people/family – these are all foundational to American Indian communities.

I want to share with you a column I enjoy reading in Indian Country Today. It’s a fitness column written by Chelsey Luger from Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Her column, entitled “Well For Culture” centers on the indigenizing of diets, lifestyle and fitness routines. It is a positive and proactive response to many of the negative societal problems plaguing Native communities. She came to speak here at the Heard in April and was very engaging. I hope you take a moment to read her work, it may be helpful as you continue to tour Beautiful Games.

Lastly, congratulations and welcome to the Las Guias class of 2015. I hope you have a great summer on the museum floor.

Have a great summer and enjoy your time whether it’s in our cool galleries or in cooler climates.

Take care & Best,


From Betty Murphy’s Desk………

Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for May 2015

The Memorial Day holiday always provides a great opportunity to remember real life heroes from the armed forces and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. This month’s library selections document the military involvement of American Indians through decades of armed conflict. These four examples are currently on display in the public reading area of the library. In addition to these, the library holds a rich collection of titles portraying the military service of American Indians. 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.

A hundred miles of bad road : an armored cavalryman in Vietnam, 1967-68
Birdwell, Dwight W.
Novato, CA : Presidio, c1997
Heard call number DS559.5 .B5 1997

Medicine bags and dog tags : American Indian veterans from Colonial times to the Second Iraq War
Carroll, Alton C.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2008
Heard call number E98.M5 C315 2008

Crossing the pond : the Native American effort in World War II
Franco, Jere Bishop
Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, 1999
Heard call number D810.I5 F73 1999

Warriors in uniform : the legacy of American Indian heroism
Viola, Herman J.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2008.
Heard call number E98.M5 V56 2008


From Lynn Bullock’s Desk……


Hope you’ve all had the chance to check out the Super Heroes exhibit. It looks like it will be a lot of fun for families this summer.

Books & More has a nice assortment of related books and other merchandise. A few of the items aren’t in yet, but should be shortly. I’m including a list of the items for your reference.

On Saturday, May 30th, Theo Tso, author of “Captain Paiute”, will be at Books & More from 11:30 until 2:30 to sign his comic book for you and personalize it with a drawing. He’s taking a break from the Phoenix Comicon to do this especially for us!



Super Indian Vol. 1: $24.99
Super Indian Vol. 2: $24.99
Annumpa Luma: Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers: $5.00
The Hero Twins: $19.95
Captain Paiute: $2.99
Sequoyah (kids): $17.99
Raven: A Trickster Tale (kids): $7.00
The Raven: Soaring Through History…”: $14.95
Kagagi: The Raven: $14.95
Tulugaq: Oral History of Ravens: $24.95
Dream Wolf (kids): $7.99
Wolf: Legend, Enemy, Icon: $24.95
Giving Voice to Bear: $19.95
Raccoon and the Bee Tree: $9.95
Native Americans in Comic Books: $39.95
Native American Classics: $17.95
Trickster: $25.95
Origin story series (kids): all $4.95
–Wonder Woman
–Green Lantern

(In relation to the code talkers, we also have the assortment of books we normally carry, as well as a DVD).


Navajo Sheep T-shirt (Jonesy’s grandfather): $28
Tom Farris Cherokee Superman T-shirt:$15 kids/$23 adults
Diogi T-shirt for kids: $18
Super Indian tote bag: $21


Jay Odjick assorted prints: five images: $12 each
Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers poster: $18


From Sue Snyder’s Desk….

As people scatter for the summer to cooler places with family and friends, I say a big thank you to all for the hours of work you have done for the Heard.  As usual the summer schedule is a little light at times,  so if you have an extra couple of hours as Barbara Korn says—come to the Ice Palace!  It is the coolest place in town in many ways.  We can find a place for you at either the Information Desk or touring of course.

Thank you also to all the Education Committee people who have chaired the many committees under Education.  I appreciate the many hours you have worked to make all the activities happen so smoothly.  Many people are continuing in those same jobs and I look forward to working with you all again in the coming year.  We are still looking for a replacement for Dorothy Sullivan who has done Speaker’s Bureau for a long time.  John Nuerenberg will continue with the technical parts.  We are looking to make some changes to this area that will make being a speaker a little easier and hopefully will spark some new volunteers.  Education Council is made up of the committee chairs and all Las Guias.  We will meet four times in the coming year starting in September after the regular Guild meeting at 1:00.  Please join us in Dorrance and help us work on items of interest to us all.

On behalf of Instructor Jaclyn Roessel and the Las Guias facilitators, Lucille Shanahan, Jackie Kemmer, Mary Endorf and myself, we would like to welcome the Las Guias class of 2015 to the ranks of Las Guias.  They are small in number but mighty.  We started with nine and they all completed the course.  Thank you also to their mentors who will continue to be available to the newbies during their first year.  Thank you to Mary Endorf for hosting the Meet and Greet held at her home in Fountain Hills on April 28.  It was a lovely setting to get more acquainted with the members of Las Guias people in a fun, relaxed setting.  Please welcome our newest class.  They are:

Laurie Devine, Harvey Fox, Coco Lanigan, Cozette Matthews, Daniel Nelson, Lucie Paynick, Jane Przeslica, Kelie Thomas and Lillian Vancel.

The Education Exchange/Tune Up will be held on Monday, October 12 and Sheila Mehlem and Joan Jasso will be in charge again this year.  Thank you ladies for taking on this task again this year.  If you have any ideas for topics for the event, let them know.  Please remember that attendance is mandatory unless you are out of town.  Let me know if there is a problem and we can work something out.  We should have lots of news about the “new year at the Heard” and all that will be happening in 2015-2016.

Sue Snyder


From Shaliyah’s Desk….

Hello Las Guias,

I’d like to thank everyone for a truly great touring year! I sit in a very special place where I get to see the sheer magnitude of the dedication that Las Guias puts forth. I see how quickly each of you step in to help sub for one another and how quickly you all reply to my very own calls for help! Trust me your efforts are appreciated! With that I am very eager to work with this new class! So welcome class of 2015!

If you haven’t noticed already there is an attachment to this Noticias.  In April I gave a sculpture tour walk-through to our new Las Guias class. The Sculpture Tour is a gallery talk option that can and will be assigned, weather permitting, throughout the year. I have attached a small numbered map with corresponding labels of each sculpture that we currently have on display outside of the admissions area. In all there are 15 pieces that can be mentioned! This is roughly 1.3 minutes for each piece!! Surely this is possible! Another fantastic thing about the sculpture tour is that you can tell our visitors a lot about Heard history while on this talk. Mention our major expansion in 2000, and how before the expansion it was a large parking lot and lawn/amphitheater, and before that the Heard’s farm land! Talk about the Spanish Colonial architectural influence throughout the museum grounds. There is a lot to discuss on a sculpture tour that can make it a very fun and meaningful 20 minutes for our visitors!

Congratulations to Isaiah Nelson!

I’d also like to share that our very own student guideSnapchat-7683615652174028559-1, Diné, graduated this past week from Arizona State University majoring in Museum Studies with a minor in American Indian Studies. Congratulations Isaiah! Isaiah will be working with us as a gallery attendant this summer in Super Heroes. He plans to continue his work in museums and continue his education in the museum field. Isaiah first started as a student guide in 2004 as a sophomore in high school at Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Arizona. After high school Isaiah worked part time jobs here at the Heard as well as Gila River Casinos while attending Gateway Community College then Arizona State University. We wish Isaiah the very best in everything that he does!


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 you should be absent from your tour shift.

Las Guias Friends and Family Tours

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). Your guests receive admission for $13 each with no minimum requirement of 10 participants necessary, 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!

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

“Loloma: Expressions in Metal, Ink, and Clay” – through October 4, 2015

“Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!” – Through August 23, 2015

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