{mesa} the original arizonans

July 11, 2009

The Heard Museum just north of downtown phx is probably one of the country’s best places to learn about American Indian arts and culture specifically those of the Southwest. The place is huge and has room for many of exhibits at a time both showing historical artifacts and modern-age art done with traditional techniques. The museum itself opened in 1929 filled mainly with artifacts and Dwight and Maie Heard’s personal collection. Of course it’s grown tremendously since then.

Of the museum’s permanent collection, there were interesting insights about the Indian boarding school experience and a galley displaying information about Arizona’s 21 federally recognized tribal communities. There were interactive activities where you could learn words from some of their languages and make little crafts, too. Overall, there seemed to be an imbalance with too much modern stuff and not enough historical objects.

The museum’s changing exhibits included:
Harry Fonseca: An Artist’s Journey
Mothers & Daughters: Stories in Clay
La Casa Murillo: A Life-Size Shadow Box
Life in a Cold Place: Arctic Art from the Albrecht Collection
Old Traditions in New Pots: Silver Seed Pots from the Norman L. Sandfield Collection

A pottery and clay fence.

Clay pots.


Home: I will go back home whether it is to live awhile longer or whether it is in death you know, that’s where I’ll be — Ofelia Zepeda, Tohono O’odham

Playing in the kids interactive center.


3 Responses to “{mesa} the original arizonans”

  1. (sigh) blec said

    i dont rly like history but the pots seemed pretty!
    the kids interactive Center?
    and u 4 r how old?

  2. G said

    i learned alot from the tour guide. like saguaro’s arms dont grow till they are ~70 years old.

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