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2012-2013 season highlights from the Heard Museum

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Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2012 2:45 pm

This season, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art will be honoring American Indian soldiers through complementary exhibits.

“Native Words, Native Warriors” comes to the Heard from the Smithsonian Institution and focuses on the important role native languages played in U.S. military efforts during the 20th century. This panel display about American Indian Code Talkers will be complemented by the exhibit “Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano,” as well as examples of material culture, including Navajo pictorial textiles. The exhibits paint a broader picture of these heroes, some known and others unknown, from many different tribes. “Native Words, Native Warriors” will be on display from Oct. 25 through March 3.

Journey through the back roads of Ecuador, from the mountain ranges to tropical landscapes to the seacoast, in “Miradas: Insights from the Backroads of a Hidden Country.” Photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Juan Diego Pérez Arias photographs scenes from the lives of indigenous people. The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 17 through Jan. 27 and will be presented in Spanish and English texts. Also, experience Navajo life through the eyes of contemporary Navajo photographers with the exhibit “Through the Lens: Diné Photographers,” on display at Heard Museum North Scottsdale through Nov. 2. This juried collection of photographs traveled to the Heard from the Navajo Nation Museum and was assembled by American Indian curators.

Explore chocolate, chili and cochineal dye, which will be celebrated through both art and special programs during a new exhibit. “Chocolate, Chili and Cochineal” opens Feb. 16 with a journey into some of the most flavorful — and colorful — offerings of the Americas. Other new exhibits opening in coming months include “N. Scott Momaday: Art and Poetry,” which pairs paintings and monoprints by Pulitzer Prize–winning author N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) with selections from his writing to create a powerful blend. This exhibit will open on Feb. 2 and will be on display though June 23, 2013. “Picture This! Navajo Pictorial Textiles” demonstrates the many ways in which weavers’ creativity and imagination have blended with technical mastery. This exhibit opens on Feb. 16.

Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache) and his sons Bob and Phillip Haozous (Chiricahua Apache) show their love for art and moving expressions in “Apache Spirit: Haozous/Houser Sculpture.” This exhibit opens March 23.

The Heard Museum is at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Heard Museum North Scottsdale is at 32633 N. Scottsdale Road.

Don’t miss several continuing exhibits. “Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience” is a groundbreaking exhibit that explores both Geronimo the man and the mythology that has grown around him. “Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry” explores Arizona’s official neckwear, the distinctive alternative to the traditional tie. “Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience” is entering its final year at the Heard. This exhibit details the tragic era when Indian children as young as age 4 were removed from their homes and forced into faraway boarding schools in order to “kill the Indian and save the man.” Many who tour this exhibit come away in tears, while others are shocked to learn about this disgraceful practice.

The Heard is also known for its festivals, and this season is no different. Specialized marketplaces give collectors a chance to indulge in works by their favorite artists, while the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, the nation’s second-largest Indian market, continues building upon its more than 50 years of success. And of course, February brings one of Indian Country’s most unique sporting events, the Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest! Also, mark your calendars; the Navajo Weavers Marketplace is moving from its old date in November to Saturday, December 1.

The Heard Museum Shop is launching the second season of its popular series Indigenous Visions. Visit the Heard Museum Shops on the third Saturday of each month from November 2012 through April 2013 to meet and discuss art with some of Indian Country’s most acclaimed artists.

These and many more exhibits and events are in store for visitors at the Heard this season. For more information about the Heard, its exhibits, events and retail venues, visit heard.org or call 602.248.8848.

About the Heard

Since 1929, the Heard Museum, a private non-profit organization, has enchanted visitors from around the world with the art, culture and history of American Indians, with an emphasis on tribes of the Southwest.

For information about the Heard, its exhibits, hours, admission prices, events and retail venues, visit heard.org or call 602-248-8848.

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