Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Fest 2014

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Presented by

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

 Admission: $5 per vehicle.

Schedule of Events


ALL DAY:  Artists in museum galleries and front entrance, food vendors, Kids Corner,             museum store, and book sale.


10:30 a.m.  Native Invocation (Main Stage)

11 a.m.     Native Dance Performance (Main Stage)

12:30 p.m.  Hoop Dancer & Singer (Main Stage)

12:45 p.m.  Bo Titla Guitar & Story (Art Gallery)

1:30 p.m.   "Estun-bah” Native Ensemble (Main Stage)

3 p.m.    Storytelling (Main Stage)  


Event Closes at 4:00 p.m.



Times and events subject to change

Entertainment Provided By Yellow Bird Productions unless otherwise noted


See the internationally renowned "Yellow Bird Productions" under the direction of Ken Duncan, member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, perform dances, tell stories, sing songs, and more!

YellowBird has traveled the globe as culturalambassadors. Recently the dance troop visited and performed at U.S. Embassies and has even had the pleasure of entertaining U.S. troops stationed abroad.


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: $1,000 Non-members: $1200

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, September 14 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.


Don't Miss Amerind's November Rock Art Tour!

Rock Art Tour

November 6 - 11, 2014

Explore fascinating rock art sites in central Arizona and southern California with the Amerind this November. The tour will take participants to some of the iconic sites in Arizona such as Painted Rock,

V-Bar-V, Honanki, and others. We will also venture west to see petroglyphs and geoglyphs (ground figures) in California along what was once the shores of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla, a predecessor of the much smaller, and accidentally created, Salton Sea. The group will also visit one of the many riparian areas near Palm Springs that have attracted human inhabitants for thousands of years.

Join archaeologist Dan McCarthy and rock artist David Morris for this exciting exploration of the rock art and archaeology in Arizona and southern California. Space is limited, sign up today!

Member Price: $2,100 per person (double occupancy)

Single supplement required for solo travelers.

Price includes transportation, lodging, and meals.

For more information or to register, please contact Deni Mitchell at 520-586-3666 or

Dan McCarthy has worked extensively with many Tribal Elders in Southern California as Tribal Relations Manager for San Bernardino National Forest. He works with the governments of the Serrano, Cahuilla, & Luiseño. He also received the National Lifetime Achievement award by the Office of Tribal Relations. Dan’s research includes desert archaeology; aboriginal trail systems of the Sonoran, Mojave, and Colorado deserts; rock art distribution; and working with tribal communities in public education of Native culture.


Pottery Collector’s Workshop

December 4 - 6, 2014

Join Charles King of King Galleries in Scottsdale for a two-day exploration of Amerind’s world-class contemporary ceramic collections. Charles will use the extensive collections of the Amerind Museum to teach workshop participants about the history of ceramic arts in the Southwest. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces from their own collection for evaluation by an expert.

Cost: $400 per person (double occupancy). Includes lodging and meals.

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.

November 8, 2014      2:00 PM
Amerind Art Gallery

Reception for The Art of Moomey: A Solo Exhibition

Come meet artist Bill Moomey, whose solo exhibit will be on display at the Amerind from October 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015. Moomey is an award-winning artist and designer whose work is represented in 15 countries. He has exhibited at major art museums, produced and directed films, raised world champion quarter horses, and was the Director of the Denver Art Academy. He works out of his X9 Ranch Studio in Vail, Arizona. He will be taking questions and signing his book
The Art of Moomey. Don't miss the chance to meet this amazing artist and learn about his work!


Mata Ortiz Sale and Amerind Film Screening (in Tucson)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Lew Sorensen Center (2300 N. Tanque Verde Loop - SE corner of Tanque Verde Rd. and Tanque Verde Loop) and the Amerind Museum (Dragoon, AZ) are sponsoring this pottery sale. A huge selection of Mata Ortiz pottery will be on sale. Many top artists are represented. Edgar Flores and Guadelupe Ledezma will be present to demonstrate painting techniques and answer your questions. Excellent prices as there is no middleman. All profits go directly to Mata Ortiz families.


At 11am, Ron Bridgemon, Associate Curator at the Amerind Museum, will show the Museum’s new film on Casas Grandes, also known as Paquimé. This site has long been recognized as one of the premier pre-Hispanic communities in the northwest Mexico/U.S. Southwest region. The watershed for Chihuahuan archaeology was the Joint Casas Grandes Expedition, which conducted fieldwork from 1958 to 1961. Conceived by Charles C. Di Peso and William Shirley Fulton, founder and patron of the Amerind Foundation, and in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), the expedition still remains after many decades the largest internationally collaborative archaeological project in the United States-Mexico borderlands. The Amerind's new documentary film includes some of the 16mm film taken during the excavations, current research and the influence of Paquimé on the ceramics of Mata Ortiz.









Kachina  Collector’s Workshop

January 8 - 10, 2015

Join Alston and Deborah Neal of Old Territorial Indian Arts in Scottsdale for a two-day exploration of Amerind’s world-class Kachina collections. Alston and Deborah will use the extensive collections of the Amerind Museum to teach workshop participants about the history of Kachinas and what to look for when collecting. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces from their own collection for evaluation by an expert.

Member Cost: $400 per person (double occupancy). Includes lodging and meals.

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.


Cooking Series with Chef Debbie

November 8, 2014   10am - 2pm                     Tamales

Chef Debbie will invite local expert and guest teacher, Pam Turnbull for an all-out New Mexican tamale party. Get ready for Christmas and learn to prepare classic pork tamales, chicken green chile tamales, green corn tamales and sweet tamales with salsa and yellow chile mango sauce.  This will be a hands-on class, from preparing masa and red chile sauce to shredding meat, rolling, and steaming.

February 14th 2015         St Valentines Roman Feast

We will make an authentic Roman feast from scratch including handmade pasta, traditional slow cooked Bolognaise sauce and béchamel, all components for the best lasagna, straight from Italy. To accompany this exquisite dish we will also make an antipasto salad, garlic bread and chocolate dipped fruit which will complete our romantic Roman lunch.

$50 per person per class, lunch included. Bring your apron and an appetite!

To register contact Chef Debbie at 520-586-3666


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



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