Artifacts – February 2016

Guild President Greetings

All –

2016 is the Guild’s 60th birthday!!  We have accomplished so much in our support of the Heard Museum!!

Plans are in the making for a variety of celebrations.  The Guild will have a feature story in the spring issue of EarthSong.  Our Guild Appreciation Dinner this year combines the spring luncheon and the Museum sponsored Guild Appreciation Dinner. Please mark you calendars for Thursday, Mary 5 at 5:30 in the courtyard outside of Steele Auditorium. The theme for this year’s dinner will be CELEBRATE the Guild’s 60th!! More celebration news will be coming soon.

We are in the final countdown to Indian Fair and Market. Hope all of you are getting as excited as I am. If you haven’t done so already, please volunteer for one or more of the many jobs needed to make the weekend a success. I promise you’ll have fun and will be glad you joined in the festivities. Looking forward to seeing all of you throughout Fair weekend!!!!!!!


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Guild February Meeting – Feb 17

Diane_Humetewa_-_Photo_DSC_6805-220x286Featured Speaker the Hon. Diane Humetewa (Hopi), the first female American Indian federal judge, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

She has also served in several high-profile roles including special adviser for American Indian affairs to Arizona State University President Michael Crow, as the U.S. attorney for Arizona and in other positions. 9:30 a.m. social hour, 10 a.m. speaker and 11 a.m. for the business session. The meeting and lecture is free and open to the public.


  • 9:30 – Socializing
  • 10:00 – Speaker
  • 11:00 – Business meeting

What’s Happening at the back of the Steele Auditorium at Guild meeting?

  • Refreshments will be provided by the Museum Shop volunteers.
  • Student Art committee members will always have two table for selling note cards at every Guild Meeting, and for signing on new folks to sell cards.
  • Free Guild aprons will be available to Guild Members to wear while volunteering during the IF&M, Student Art and Artist Hospitality throughout the year. *Aprons are not required, for those that prefer not to wear them, but they do identify the volunteer as someone that can direct  and answer questions of our visitors. Our Artist vendors have come to look for those who wear them.
  • Prepare for the Fair will be taking registration for the Turquoise and Jewelry lectures, $10
  • Will continue to sign up volunteers for upon positions for BOS and the Fair.

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New Guild Members

Elaine Fenimore
Carole Bultema
Becky Comstock
Keith Kelly
Norma Jean Kelly

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Guild Intern Scholarship

The Guild’s highly successful intern scholarship program started its second year with Spring Semester. With a total of eight interns the first year, we are expanding both the number of interns this year to 10 and the range of professional opportunities for the students at the Heard. Spring semester brings fourAmerican Indian ASU students to the museum, working in such diverse areas as accounting, institutional development, design, and curatorial. In addition to our interns, the Guild continues to support our students from the previous tuition scholarship program with renewal scholarships each year until they graduate. All six students who received renewal tuition scholarships last year have indicated that they would like to be considered again this fall for an additional year.
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 Hours, Hours, Volunteer Hours

Thanks to all those Guild Members for recorded their hours in a timely fashion and not waiting until March 31st which is only four and a half months away. Those four months are the months that volunteers record the most hours due to the heavy work load like Student Art and the Fair. Last year the Guild recorded 61,508.00. We have a way to go to equal that figure. If you have not recorded any hours for this year please do so. If you need any assistance don’t hesitate to contact me.

Record Your Hours Today HERE.

Rod Passmore
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Can You Help?

Calling all Tech Savvy Guild Members

The Guild Technology Committee (G2 – The Guild Geeks) needs volunteers to help manage the Guild’s very important applications, website and equipment.  We are responsible for the Volunteer Management System you use to record your hours, the shopping cart you use to buy Notecards or renew your membership, and the computer environment available for your use in the Guild Room.

A lot of the work we do can be done at home over the internet so you don’t need to drive in to the Museum.  If you are comfortable with computers and the internet, please consider helping the team out and volunteer.  We could really use Las Guias members, Info Desk Volunteers and Shop Volunteers.  Contact or call Dave Newark at 623-594-2187.

Please contact Dave Newark at:

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First Friday – “Confluence in the Desert” Feb 5th

Only 2-3 Volunteers are needed from 5:30 – 9:30 to assist with crowd management during the February First Friday event. This month’s theme is ‘Confluence in the Desert’ and large crowds are expected for the opening of Confluence. This is also the final chance to see Frida for free. Please contact Allison Lester at or 602.251.0262 if you are available.

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Fair Volunteers Needed NOW!

Best of Show Night, Friday, March 4
Saturday, March 5 and Sunday March 6
Volunteers are needed in many areas both Saturday and especially Sunday in AM, Mid-day or PM shifts. Come for one, or two or three shifts –whatever your schedule and stamina allow. Mix your areas. Ask your friends and family to volunteer. Enjoy the Fair and help

To volunteer or for further information, contact:Lucille Shanahan,
2016 IF&M Volunteer Placement Chair at

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Heard Shop Volunteers Needed

The Heard Shop needs new volunteers for 2015. We have opportunities available for each day of the week, though we especially need volunteers on Wednesdays and Sundays. We provide training on the cash registers and instruction on sales techniques. If you have a love for finely crafted American Indian art and would like to share your knowledge of Indian art techniques and culture with Heard Museum visitors, then please contact Alexis Hill, #(602) 578-9780, or email: to volunteer.

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Fair Tickets & Best of Show Drawing Prizes

Ticket sales are open for 58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

Admission, Best of Show Reception and prize drawing tickets for the 58th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market are on sale online, at the museum, by phone or via postal mail. The Fair is March 5-6, 2016.

Get Your Tickets HERE.   See Best Of Show Prizes HERE.

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Guild Trips

Haven’t taken a Guild trip yet? Read our Traveler’s Reviews

Sneak Preview 2016 Trips

Join the Heard Guild for another wonderful season of touring the fabulous southwest and Mexico. We’ve arranged some unique tours of exciting new destinations, as well as a couple favorites.

Northern Baja– Sept 18-21 2016

We will be visiting the amazing wine producing region of Northern Baja. We’ll begin with a visit to Yuma and the Cocopah people. After we cross the border we’ll also experience the near extinct culture of the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja. Then we’ll spend two days exploring the many amazing vineyards and organic farms the Guadalupe Valley. It will be an amazing tour.

Writing New Mexico! – October 21-27

New Mexico has been muse to artists in all media. We will be focusing on artists who paint with the spoken/written word. It begins with the oral tradition of the Native peoples of New Mexico and that vibrant tradition continues, unbroken, into the digital age. We will experience it all!

We will have the opportunity to hear and visit with many of these writers and to discuss with them and among ourselves the literary riches that have come from writing New Mexico

Finally, clear your calendars for February 2017 and prepare yourself to Be Mayan.

For the first time the Guild is visiting the amazing Mayan Culture. This busy eight day tour will take us to the incredible archeological treasures of Chichen Itza and Uxmal! We’ll experience the cosmopolitan city of Merída, staying in the beautiful historic district. Our expert guide Jorge Marín will share with us all the special places and hidden treasures along our route.

For more details, Contact: Shelley Mowry:

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Book Clubs

Northeast Book Club next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 23, at the home of Reta Severtson in Fountain Hills. The book for discussion will be Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Looking ahead…
March: Our March meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the home of Mary & Lynn Endorf. The March book will be The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich.

Brief Description: While appraising the estate of a New Hampshire family descended from a North Dakota Indian agent, Faye Travers is startled to discover a rare moose skin and cedar drum fashioned long ago by an Ojibwe artisan. And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time, following the strange passage of a powerful yet delicate instrument, and revealing the extraordinary lives it has touched and defined.

For more information contact Linda Hefter:

Not a Book Club Member Yet?
Northeast Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Linda Hefter:
Central Phoenix Guild Book Club. Contact Jackie Kemmer:
West Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Winona Passmore:

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Heard Happenings 

Feb. 5th – First Fridays at the Heard: ‘Confluence in the Desert’ from 6-10pm. Details HERE.
Feb 6th – New Exhibit Opening: ‘Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations’. Details HERE.

Hoop DanceFeb. 13-14th 9:30-5:00pm- Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest.

This event showcases a unique sport. Prepare for stunning performances of the men and women who are vying to call themselves World Champion Hoop Dancer. The event combines artistry, sheer athleticism and cultural traditions to create an exciting, colorful and suspenseful competition. NOTE: Lawn seating only. Please bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on.  Details HERE.


el tovar

Louis Akin’s painting of El Tovar, published as postcards by Fred Harvey News Service, Kansas City, Missouri, 1906.

Feb. 19 -11:00-1:00pm “Over the Edge at the Boulders” Members only special lectureAll Heard Museum members are invited to a special discussion about the upcoming exhibit Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest.Diana Pardue, the Heard’s curator of collections, and Kathleen Howard, Heard Museum research associate and co-author of the upcoming book of the same name, will present members with an engaging discussion about the intertwined legacies of two companies that shaped the great Southwest:
the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railway.

Tickets are $25 and include a plated lunch.

Purchase Tickets HERE.

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Las Guias Happenings

From the New Exhibit Training Committee….

Opening This Week…

Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations
Curator Walk-throughs:
10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 5
Note: The New Exhibit Training Committee of Marlene Scholsohn and Linda Hefter will announce dates of supplemental/make-up walk-throughs next week

Looking Ahead…
Personal Journeys: American Indian Landscapes
Curator Walk-throughs:
9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 26

Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest
Curator Walk-throughs:
9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 8

Continuing Education Credit

Remember attendance at the Guild meetings and listening to the speakers counts as a continuing education credit.
Enter your Continuing Education Credits HERE.

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Around Town

Of Interest at the Phoenix Art Museum…
Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980
Exhibit Opens February 27
Organized by the Denver Art Museum, Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980 brings together works from multiple private and public collections, including the Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars, artists and collectors.

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All details for the above; time, location, registration, and contact person can be found on the website Calendar.

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