Noticias November 2014


To Guides from the Education Department

November 2014

Heard Museum Guide Schedule:


From Jaclyn’s Desk……


I hope you are all enjoying the cold front and time in the gallery. I only have a few reminders this month. First there will be three walk-throughs for “Beautiful Games: American Indians in Sports” December 19 at 9:30am & 1:30pm and January 7 at 10am we will start in the Monte Vista Room for each.

As part of the programming for “Beautiful Games” we will be hosting a special program January 30 at 7pm on the “Indigenous Stereotypes in Sports” featuring a keynote by Kevin Gover of NMAI and a panel discussion including Suzan Harjo among others. We will send details out once all panelists are confirmed but for now SAVE THE DATE.

Lastly, I want to STRONGLY remind you to keep your tours to 45 minutes. I recently received a comment regarding a public tour reportedly 70 minutes. 70 minutes! Please note this really can’t happen. I also think it is very disrespectful to your fellow docents and the time they volunteer and to the time put into managing and creating the schedule by Shaliyah. I hope you can take this into consideration before your next shift.




From Betty Murphy’s Desk………

Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for November 2014

To help you get your game face on for the “Beautiful Games : American Indian Sport and Art” exhibit opening next month, here is a sampling of four selections from the library collection that speak to American Indian athletes and identity through a variety of sports. Look for more materials to be added to the Las Guias cart in the library as the opening approaches. Please feel free to visit the library to view 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.

Counting coup : a true story of basketball and honor on the Little Big Horn

Colton, Larry

New York : Warner Books, c2000

Heard call number E99.C92 C65 2000


Native American identity in sports : creating and preserving a culture

Salamone, Frank A., editor

Lanham : Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2013

Heard call number E98.G2 N363 2013


Native athletes in action!

Schilling, Vincent

Summertown, Tenn. : 7th Generation, c2007.

Heard call number GV697.A1 S415 2007


The real all Americans : the team that changed a game, a people, a nation

Jenkins, Sally

New York : Doubleday, c2007

Heard call number GV958.U33 J45 2007


From Lynn Bullock’s Desk……


Some of you have asked about a book on George Morrison called “Turning the Feather Around”. We now have a few copies of it and more are on the way.

Now that “Chocolate, Chili and Cochineal” is closed, we’re looking forward to “Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art” in that space. We should have quite a few books related to the exhibit, so look for those in the December “Bookstore Notes”. There will not be an exhibit catalog.

One thing I’ve been asked to relay to you is a reminder the Shop is NOT licensed to do appraisals. That’s why we have periodic appraisal days like the one that was just held at Sagewood. Please tell patrons to check the Museum web site for the next professional appraisal day, not to call or come in to the shop.

We are also almost up to our eyeballs in consignment items at the moment! There is simply no room for more until some of what we have has been sold. If someone on one of your tours should ask about consignment, please tell them to call the Museum Shop at 602 252-8344 or e-mail us at to see if we are accepting any new items. Thanks for your help with this.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


From Lucille Shanahan’s Desk…..

Miss it in October?  Catch it in January!

Education Ketoh:  California Missions:  Road to Salvation or Another Trail of Tears?

California Missions is a lecture/power point presentation about the impact of the California Missions on California Indians from 1770-1860.

Presenter:  Lucille Shanahan

Time and Place:  Friday, January 16, 1:00 pm, Encanto




From Sue Snyder’s Desk…..

It’s been a very busy fall with lots of good things happening at the Heard!

Thank you to Linda Hefter for her wonderful series of Pai classes in October and to her right hand helper Connie Thornton.

Thanks also to Sheila Mehlem and Joan Jasso for a great Education Exchange.  It is always a positive way to start the Las Guias new year.

And of course we thank Linda Hefter and Marlene Scholsohn for their informative and enjoyable Walk Thru tours both for the George Morrison exhibit and the ones that will follow this year.

At the Education Council meeting after the Guild meeting on Weds., it was decided that the method of earning Education credits will change this year.  All LG are required to earn 3 one-hour credits each year.  As previously, Education Exchange and each Walk Thru are required and not part of the 3 credits.  The change is that now if you attend a several session course (such as the Pai classes ), you will receive one credit for each session.  For example, one Pai class = one credit.  If you attend two Pai classes, you receive two credits.  If you attend all three classes, you receive three credits.

Further changes will be made concerning Heard trips.  If you attend a three day trip, you may claim one credit for each educational event.  Use your discretion on this as driving time and socialization would not be included.

One credit will continue to be given for Guild meeting speakers and other individual lectures.

We also discussed Speaker’s Bureau and the need for more volunteers.  At this time only LG who have given 50 tours are a part of SB.  There was discussion as to changing this requirement or doing away with it altogether.  It was decided that a new guides main job is to get acclimated as tour guide at the museum.  Therefore, the 50 tour requirement will remain the same.  We also will work to update materials.  Pat Kilburn has done updates to four of our topics.  We will look to do more of these this year.  We thank Dorothy Sullivan and John Nuerenberg for their efforts with scheduling and keeping all the equipment working.  Any new volunteers would be most appreciated. Contact Dorothy.

Our third item of business was to ask for volunteers for Evening Tours and especially First Friday workers.  This is a new event at the Heard and has been very successful and brings a new younger audience to us. Rusty Hale has graciously agreed to add this to her Evening Tours responsibilities.  As she says, “It’s a lot of fun!” and she would love to have you join in on the festivities. This happens each First Friday from 5 to 9 with the exception of March when we will be busy with the Fair. Give Rusty a call.

Thanks to all of you for all you do for the Heard.


From Shaliyah’s Desk….

As the rest of Las Guias returns and reacquaints with the normal rhythm of things I’d like to make a few reminders!

As many of you know we are starting early with our peer review process. I like to assign two guides to any given tour. There is the possibility that you may be assigned with someone who has a Peer Review to complete. My wish is that there are enough people to split the tour equally however as we all know that is not the case. Please be flexible and considerate if there are not enough people to split the tour and consider roving so that your fellow guide may complete the very important peer review process should there not be enough people to split the tour. How many is that? I would say 10 or less for a peer review.

Earlier today we had a staff member bring to our attention that several children were “climbing on the statues” during a school tour! Please make note that climbing on any of the statues here at the Heard is prohibited. Should you see children climbing on statues or their bases please ask for them not to do so, this rule also applies to adults!

I’d like to remind everyone that come next Monday a full calendar month will have passed since the Morrison walk-though! I will start assigning Morrison as a gallery talk option on next week’s schedule.

I’ve had a few inquiries lately about our Las Guias Friends and Family tours that are offered for those who are actively in Las Guias. The LG Friends and Family tour is scheduled through me and not through Adult Tours (Catherine Ruvinov).  If you are interested in booking this tour please give me a two week advance notice for booking. Your guests are admitted to the museum for a reduced rate of $13 per adult. The $20 guided tour fee is waived for your group since it will be YOU! who tours your group through the museum. Also, since this is a special group tour that is offered to Las Guias it is the guide who sets up the tour, not any one friend or family member.

Thank you and 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

 “That’s the Way I Like It!” – through February 8, 2015

“Chocolate, Chili, and Cochineal: Changing Taste Around the World – through November 30, 2014

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

“Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison” – October 25th – Jan. 11th, 2015

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


Shaliyah Ben

Education Program and Outreach Coordinator

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85004

602.252.8840  l  museum

602.251.0259  l  direct