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Connecting Communities

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Arizona is fortunate to be home to 22 tribal nations, each with its own distinct language and cultural traditions. With support from American Express™, the Heard Museum worked with 20 tribal nations to produce short videos—virtual tours that offer an introduction to and aid in connecting to these communities. Many of these communities have their own websites that will help you to learn in more depth about the tribes. The website of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona includes links to member websites.

In some cases, the tour features a museum or cultural center that we hope you will want to visit someday. In some instances, you'll hear firsthand about economic and cultural development projects in each community.

HOME: Native People in the Southwest - Part One
In the American Southwest, Native people remain connected to the lands that have been their homes for centuries. In this 30 minute video by Dustinn Craig, they tell stories of that connection, of how it has survived and changed over time, and of how they are preserving it for future generations.
HOME: Native People in the Southwest - Part Two
HOME: Native People in the Southwest - Part Three
HOME: Native People in the Southwest - Part Four
Havasupai Village, Life in the Grand Canyon
In the American Southwest, Native people remain connected to the lands that have been their homes for centuries. In this 30 minute video by Dustinn Craig, they tell stories of that connection, of how it has survived and changed over time, and of how they are preserving it for future generations.
Colorado River Indian Tribes
Rebuilding and Preserving along the Colorado River

Since the inception of reservations for Native Americans, the indigenous landscapes have in many cases survived traumas not unlike those sustained by Native peoples themselves.

This short film focuses on the Mohave, a Yuman tribe on the Colorado River, who have seen their land and way of life change dramatically in the span of just a few generations. In 1945 the Federal Government reserved portions of the Mohave/Chemehuevi reservation for colonization by Hopis and Navajos. These four tribes began the transformation of a wild, fertile river valley, teeming with life, into farmland.

Then, in 1995, the ‘Ahakhav Tribal Preserve was established through a multi generational community effort focused on the reclamation of several miles of the Colorado River. The unique aspect of the story is that the effort was an important return to Mohave traditions. The story is told through voices and recollections of adults and elders who want to pass on the legacy to the younger generations.

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Addition to the Heard Museum collection of Marla Allison’s paintings

A year ago the Heard Museum purchased Mother, a multimedia portrait of Sharon Lynn Allison. Marla Allison, the artist, won the inaugural Dobkin Award for Innovation at SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe for this piece. Allison recently contacted the curatorial department about a companion piece, Father, she wanted to donate to the Heard. Each portrait has a video component, with photographs and film telling their personal story. Together these pieces provide a fascinating narrative of the family and heritage of a Laguna artist who is exploring new technology in the art world.

We are very grateful for the gift from Marla Allison. The Heard Museum relies on the generosity of individuals to support and strengthen our collections and exhibit program. For the Heard to fulfill our mission of educating the public about the vibrancy of Native cultures, we depend on donations from our membership and supporters. It is through gifts such as Ms. Allison’s that we are able to exhibit innovative works by contemporary American Indian artists.

The CG Wallace Collection of Zuni Jewelry - Part One

Albuquerque Museum Curator Deborah Slaney takes us on a tour of the C.G. Wallace collectionof Zuni Jewelry.

The CG Wallace Collection of Zuni Jewelry - Part Two
The CG Wallace Collection of Zuni Jewelry - Part Three
Norman Sanfield
Norman Sandfield discusses his seedpot collection and how you can start one of your own.
Nora Naranjo-Morse
Nora Naranjo-Morse's graceful sculpture and conceptual installations make her one of the most exciting Indian artists of her generation. Flower is available exclusively at the Berlin Gallery.
Cavan Gonzales
This video interview was done in March of 2008, on the day after the Heard Museum Guild’s Fiftieth Anniversary Indian Fair and Market at which the museum purchased a jar made by Cavan Gonzales of San Ildefonso as a tribute to his great, great grandmother noted ceramist Maria Martinez. The shape was inspired by a 1920s jar made by Maria Martinez that he had seen on a postcard image. The jar is in the black on black tradition revived by his great, great grandparents Maria and Julian Martinez
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Sizzlin Summer 2008
Sizzlin Summer Activities

Kids stay cool and get creative at Target Sizzlin' Summer Saturdays! From music and dance performances to an extravaganza of hands-on activities, artist demonstrations and goody bags, there's a lot to explore at the Heard Museum. The video on the left showcases the exciting activities from 2008's Sizzlin Summer Saturdays.

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