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Join Us For A Brown Bag Lunch and
Meet Amerind’s Summer Resident Scholar José Luis Punzo Diaz

Tuesday, August 4th, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lecture Title:
Revisiting the Archaeology of Durango, México:
Old Problems, New Perspectives

The archaeology of Durango starts with the pioneering works of Alden Mason and Donald Brand in the first half of the twentieth century, thus establishing the ideas about the most northern Mesoamerican settlements of the Chalchihuites culture. J. Charles Kelley then conducted an enormous amount of work in the 1950s and 1960s that established all the major research about the Chalchihuites culture as well as expanding archaeological knowledge to other time periods. Unfortunately, the following two decades were void of professional archaeological research in Durango.
Since the 1990s, however, new archaeological projects were started. During the past decade different projects, students, and researchers were trying to solve some of the old problems pointed out by Kelley and his team by using new techniques to offer a completely different perspective about the archaeology of Durango. José Luis will talk about these new techniques and perspectives in his brown bag presentation. We hope you can join us!
José Luis Punzo Diaz is an archaeologist and researcher at INAH-Michoacán and external counselor for the Consejo de Arqueología in Mexico. His main research interests are on the archaeology of identities, landscape archaeology, postcolonial archaeology, and different technological applications for archaeological investigation and conservation. His other interests include museology and the development of community museums. He was the former director of the Museo de las Culturas del Norte in Paquimé, Chichuahua. He has participated in past Amerind Advanced Seminars and published his research with the University of Arizona Press in the series, Amerind Studies in Anthropology.


September 26, 2015
10 a.m - 4 p.m.

Join Jim and Katie Harrelson as they bring the arts and crafts of the Tarahumara people of Chihuahua, Mexico’s canyon lands to the Amerind!


A sizable amount of the baskets that they acquire come through a women's co-operative called Este es La Casa De La Mujer (This is the Women’s House), which supports one of the few Tarahumara run elementary schools in the region.


Free with regular Museum Admission!



Astronomy at Amerind

Saturday, October 10, 2015

5p.m. - 9p.m.


Join us for an fascinating and educational evening under the stars.


Ken Zoll, Executive Director at Verde Valley Archaeology Center, will talk to us about archaeoastronomy. Archaeoastronomy is the study of ancient astronomy and astronomers. The Huachuca Astronomy Club will also be on hand to tell us about our night sky and the importance of reducing light pollution. Telescopes will be on site for our guests to peer into and ponder our limitless skies.




Members: $75

Nonmembers: $100 (membership starts at just $40)


Price includes a deluxe box dinner prepared by Amerind’s own Chef Debbie.


To register, or for more information, contact Deni Mitchell at 520.586.3666 or



October  12 - 16, 2015


Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete, sisters and 5th generation weavers, originally from Two Grey Hills, grew up learning the traditional tapestry weaving of the area.

While instructing and demonstrating, these sisters share personal stories and experiences, giving insights into the world of Navajo weaving. At the end of the week you will go home with a one of a kind 8.5” x 10.5” rug.

Price: Members: $1,200 ♦ Non-members: $1400

Price includes meals, lodging (shared accommodations), the use of a fully prepared loom, and tools. You will only need to purchase your wool for weaving (available at the class for $24-$35 depending on the number of colors you use.) An optional class on warping is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 for an additional $225.

A nonrefundable, tax-deductible $200 deposit is due upon registration.

Please email for further information or call 520-586-3666 to register.



October 24, 2015

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrating the art and culture of the Navajo people. Food, artists, entertainment, and more !

Expand your cultural horizons and join Amerind for a family-friendly fun-filled autumn day with food, artists, vendors, live entertainment and more!


See the internationally acclaimed Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe perform a program of traditional

Diné (Navajo)  dance and song. Also joining in on the festivities is award-winning rock duo Sihasin.


Come celebrate Diné (Navajo) art and culture at Amerind!


Admission: $10 per vehicle.


Zuni Art Collectors’ Workshop

November 8 - 9, 2015


Join Kent McManis of Grey Dog Trading for a two-day exploration of Zuni art. Kent will use the collections of the Amerind Museum, and some of his own pieces, to teach workshop participants about the history of Zuni art and collecting in the Southwest. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces from their own collection for evaluation by an expert.


Cost: (double occupancy, Includes lodging and meals)


Amerind Members: $500 per person

Non-members: $600 (membership starts as low as $40)


The workshop is limited to 12 people, so you are encouraged to sign up early.


Contact Deni Mitchell at 520.586.3666 ext. 17 or to register or for more information.




December 11 - 13, 2015


All my workshops start with asking participants “What is your goal for this workshop?” Within the workshop each person’s goal is addressed so they achieve what they came for. There are frequent demonstrations and very positive critiques: each is a learning experience. The workshops emphasize working within 25 minutes to maintain freshness, and being able to work in public without being disturbed. No one can see whether you are doing splendidly or creating a ‘bomb.’ because you work entirely inside your ‘personal space.’ The goal is to work anywhere, with confidence, quickly.

The three-day workshop is to teach proficiency with the unique technique. In Day One, with several interactive demonstrations, students learn to use the water-soluble pen, the power of the value study, perspective in value and contrast while completing the first landscape. Then with interactive demonstration, students learn how the pen works with watercolor to provide the value scale and the skeleton of a sketch, learning also the perspective of color (second landscape). In the afternoon, using progressively more difficult photographs, (provided), students learn to edit from ‘the big picture’, and the use of focal point. Work is now timed to be completed in 25 minutes or less (This timing is stressed throughout the workshop). Scraping, and other manipulating of the paint are covered.

Day Two uses still life in the morning and addresses the peculiar properties of the pen. The afternoon is devoted to the fun of sketching people. Resource books are by Sargent, Delacroix, Carlson.

Day Three is plein air, beginning with a demonstration emphasizing editing what you see to what is important to you. This day includes a lunch critique and an end-of-day critique. After the demonstration instructor will be sketching and will rove to help each person. The three-day workshop is fast. Comments overheard: “I learned more in three days than in any five-day workshop I’ve ever taken!” “A bootcamp for artists.” ”The critiques are wonderfully positive!” “I see the world as if cataracts were removed.”

If the weather is bad, we will invent, just as you would have to change a trip. Everything will get covered, but mobility and portability are chief reasons to master the technique and materials. Goals: almost never put anything down, be totally mobile, don’t waste time cleaning up, take home a memento you could never catch in a photograph! Be spontaneous and have fun! Don’t take yourself seriously. Bring home a sketch that can stand alone or be used for a studio painting. And be fearless in public!

Side benefit: Most people concentrate so much while sketching, once they have learned the technique, they find it is a form of meditation, escape, relaxation in itself. The sketch is a bonus and a reminder of what they thought they saw. It becomes a form of personal expression led by reality. What you bring to the moment is personal: the camera never sees with that ‘personal eye’ and so can never reproduce what you thought you saw. This is why your sketches have ‘life’, and what I want my people to appreciate. It’s why we get excited to create.

As an artist, I enjoy capturing the moment. There is always a reason to paint something that catches the eye and the mind. Most of my paintings are designed to give the viewer a feeling of serenity, and of having visited the same location.

As an instructor I delight in teaching my easy, totally portable, no-clean-up technique to beginners and professionals alike. For the beginner, Pocket Sketching is an open door to art and seeing the world with a new eye. For the advanced artist, it is a totally portable system for 10 to 25 minute sketches when standing in line, hiking, in a café, on horseback, anywhere. Because there is so little equipment, this is totally liberating and effective: the artist is far more likely to work anywhere. The workshops are well organized, fast, loaded with information and habit-forming. Motto: Learn enough to play for a lifetime!

Based in Arizona, Kath Macauley has taught her Pocket Sketching workshops as well as oil and watercolor classes throughout the Southwest and the rest of the country. Starting with a biology degree, she expanded into scientific illustration and art marketing studies. Kath has studied painting under Nick Brigante, Robert Carl Cogar, Bong Wai Chen, and Robert Noel Blair. She has shown her work in one-person and group shows in the United States and Mexico.


Cost: (double occupancy, Includes lodging and meals)


Amerind Members: $650 per person                       Non-members: $750


(Without accommodations) Members: $375      Non-members: $475


Note: Supplies are provided for an additional $40 fee, or you may bring your own.


The workshop is limited to 12 people, so you are encouraged to sign up early.


Contact Deni Mitchell at 520.586.3666 ext. 17 or to register or for more information.




December 26-27, 2015



10am - 4pm


Join Sally Martinez of Martinez Indian Arts from Kayenta

Arizona for this trunk show

featuring Navajo art.


Sally is a Dine' (Navajo) woman representing various Dine'

artists.  Sally will have a wide variety of arts including pottery, baskets, weavings, folk art, and much more.



Free with Museum Admission.



(5-day course)March 7 - 11, 2016




January 9, 2016


Terry will be selling Historic Navajo Textiles, Historic Southwest & California Basketry, Apache Burden Baskets, and Tohono O’Odham Baskets.



February 12 - 14, 2016




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