Apache pottery Workshop


February 23 - 27, 2015

Join Shelden Nunez-Velarde for a five-day Apache Micaceous pottery workshop in the creativity-inspiring setting of Amerind’s 1900-acre campus in spectacular Texas Canyon.


Shelden Nunez-Velarde is a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. He has been making pottery since the age of 13.


Shelden specializes in hand coiling traditional Jicarilla Apache pottery. He gathers his clay and slip, in traditional clay sources used by his ancestors. Then he soaks the clay, cleans, sifts, mixes, hand coils, shapes, sands, polishes and fires his pottery, outdoors, using pine or cedar wood. He makes both traditional-functional utilitarian and contemporary.


Like their Pueblo neighbors who are more widely known for their use of micaceous clay, the Jicarilla in Northern New Mexico made their cooking wares from the unique deposits of mica filled soil in the area. The special heat-retentive qualities of mica makes this clay particularly efficient for cooking.


Member Price: $750 (double occupancy)

Price includes workshop, materials, lodging, and meals.


Not a member? Membership start at just $40!


To register, or for more information, please contact Deni Mitchell at 520-586-3666 or deni@amerind.org


Saturday, March 28, 2015


The Amerind Museum in partnership with Bisbee Vogue Inc. present the 2nd annual Amerind Texas Canyon 10K Trail Run. Here’s your chance to intimately experience this awe inspiring region that is normally closed to the public.

Texas canyon is marked by spectacular rock features, including 'balancing rocks', and trails crisscrossing through open fields of yucca, ocotillo, cactus of various sorts and scattered trees that dot the terrain. This beautiful and historically significant canyon was sacred to the Native American inhabitants and Cochise is said to have used this area for his winter camps.

The 10K course features a variety of trails, terrain, vegetation, and
awe-inspiring views. There will be music and cheering along the
course to keep you moving. Join us in this celebration of the region
and Native American Culture. Your entry fee also includes entrance to
the Museum.
Proceeds go to support the Amerind Foundation.

Register Today!




In The Footsteps Of The Wetherills


May 11 - 15, 2015


Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the Four Corners region following in the footsteps of the Wetherills, an influential family of explorers.  Their travels took them  to many of the iconic archaeological sites in the area such as Mesa Verde and Keet Seel. Richard Wetherill homesteaded and ran a trading post in Chaco Canyon servicing the local Navajo population, also the location of his grave site. Departing from Tucson, AZ, this tour will visit numerous archaeological sites, trading posts, museums, and areas of great geological beauty.


Our Tour Leaders

More than thirty years ago, Harvey Leake began researching the history of his pioneering ancestors, the Wetherills of the Four Corners region. His investigations have taken him to libraries, archives, and the homes of family elders whose recollections, photographs, and memorabilia have brought their story to life. His field research has led him to remote trading post sites in Navajo country and some of the routes used by his great-grandfather, John Wetherill, to access the intricate canyon country of the Colorado Plateau.

Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, assisting with the tour, is a historian and the author of 14 books on the Southwest, including her newest book Arizona's Historic Trading Posts.


Members: $2000 (double occupancy, single supplement required for solo travelers)

Non-members: $2300 (double occupancy), single supplement required for solo travelers)

Not a member? Memberships start at just $40

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

Please email deni@amerind.org for further information or call 520-586-3666 to register.

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