Amerind Today

Amerind Today

Amerind is an influential voice and public space for people to learn about the archaeology of the Southwest borderlands, contemporary Native American culture and art, and Western art. We approach community learning and enrichment through many voices.

A world class museum with broad public programming

Each year, nearly 10,000 visitors learn about Indigenous culture, history, and contemporary issues through exhibited selections from the 38,000 ancient and contemporary cultural objects in our care. Our community enjoys transformative learning experiences, as well as an extensive fine arts collection, inspired by Amerind’s ongoing partnerships with Indigenous and Western artists, poets, museums, and community art groups.

 

A welcoming gathering place and a voice for today’s tribal communities

Amerind’s close Native partnerships focus primarily on the neighboring tribal communities of the southwest US and northern Mexico, but span the entire Americas. Each year we provide Indigenous artists and scholars exposure and economic opportunities by offering exhibit, meeting, and research space, as well as frequent public events.

A renowned archeological research institute, library, and archive.

Amerind’s scholarly research deepens our understanding of the human story and informs solutions to contemporary issues. In just the last five years, Amerind hosted twenty resident scholars on its campus. Throughout our history, over 135 scholars from around the world have launched over thirty scholarly publications. Amerind also offers a wealth of unique resources through a 22,000 volume research library.

Community Impact

2019

With your generos, Amerind accomplishes so much. Following are just a few highlights of how your gifts inspired culturally-based learning and creativity in 2019.
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over 91

Over 91 Native American artists, scholars, and leaders shared and promoted their art and knowledge through residencies, trunk shows, art gallery exhibits, festivals, and museum talks.

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10,217 visitors

10,217 visitors enjoyed the museum and fine art gallery exhibits during regular museum hours.

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Over 1,959

Over 1,959 community members celebrated art, culture, and Amerind through 9 special events that brought our community together, including: Autumn Fest, Texas Canyon Trail Run, an outdoor film screening with The Loft Cinema, and Holiday Members Tea.

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More than 325

More than 325 k-12 experienced Amerind museum learning with a school field trip experience.

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36 individuals

36 scholars, artists, and experts shared their knowledge, research, and creative journeys with audiences at the museum.

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14 events

14 community outreach talks, special events or booth presence at community events were offered by Amerind leadership and staff.

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3 workshops

3 content-rich workshops offered 12 community members deep learning experiences in Indigenous culture, traditions, and art.

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30 chefs

30 budding chefs were immersed in cultural traditions through food in three cooking classes.

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3 seminars

3 advanced research seminars convening 36 national and international scholars were hosted by Amerind exploring topics such as The Flower World: Religion, Aesthetics, and Ideology in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest.

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2 publications

2 scholarly publications allowed Amerind’s reach to be global, including the Cambridge University Press book Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability.

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14 Individuals

14 artists and scholars spent residency time at Amerind, significantly advancing their research and creative output.

2018

With your generosity, Amerind accomplishes so much. Following are just a few highlights of how your gifts inspired culturally-based learning and creativity in 2018

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over 67

Over 67 Native American artists, scholars, and leaders shared and promoted their art and knowledge through residencies, trunk shows, art gallery exhibits, festivals, and museum talks.

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10,042 visitors

10,042 visitors enjoyed the museum and fine art gallery exhibits during regular museum hours.

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Over 1,561

Over 1,561 community members celebrated art, culture, and Amerind through 9 special events that brought our community together, including: Autumn Fest, Texas Canyon Trail Run, an outdoor film screening with The Loft Cinema, and Holiday Members Tea.

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More than 300

More than 300 k-12 experienced Amerind museum learning with a school field trip experience.

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12 individuals

12 scholars, artists, and experts shared their knowledge, research, and creative journeys with audiences at the museum. Six among our scholars provided learning experiences in the surrounding community through outreach events.

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10 events

10 community outreach talks and events were presented by Amerind leadership, who shared their expertise and our history.

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5 workshops

5 content-rich workshops offered 56 community members deep learning experiences in Indigenous culture, traditions, and art.

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30 chefs

30 budding chefs were immersed in cultural traditions through food in three cooking classes.

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2 seminars

2 advanced research seminars convening 24 national and international scholars were hosted by Amerind on the topics “Identity, Cultural Persistence, and Transformation among Spanish Colonialism” and “New Materialisms: Ancient Cities.”

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3 publications

3 scholarly publications allowed Amerind’s reach to be global, including the Cambridge University Press book Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability.

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30 Individuals

30 artists and scholars spent residency time at Amerind, significantly advancing their research and creative output.

2017

Through your generosity, Amerind accomplishes so much. Here are a few highlights from 2017 of the culturally-based learning and creative experiences that you helped us provide.

Numerous Native American artists, scholars, and leaders shared and promoted their art and knowledge though residencies, trunk shows, art gallery exhibits, festivals, and museum talks.

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8,690 Visitors

8,690 visitors enjoyed the museum and fine art gallery exhibits during regular museum hours.

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over 1,270

Over 1,270 community members celebrated art, culture, and Amerind through 6 very special events that brought our community together, including: Autumn Fest, Texas Canyon Trail Run, two Rolling Reels movie nights with The Loft Cinema, Holiday Members Tea, and the Night at the Amerind Museum 80th Anniversary Celebration.

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More than 400

More than 400 k-12 students experienced Amerind museum learning through their visit..

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12 individuals

12 scholars, artists, and experts shared their knowledge, research, and creative journeys with audiences at the museum. Four among our scholars provided learning experiences in the surrounding community through outreach events.

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12 events

12 community outreach talks and events were presented by Amerind leadership, who shared their expertise and our history.

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3 workshops

3 content-rich workshops offered community members in-depth learning experiences in Indigenous culture, traditions, and art.

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30 chefs

30 budding chefs were immersed in cultural traditions through food in three cooking classes.

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32 travelers

32 travelers journeyed with Amerind and scholarly experts to directly experience the hands-on learning of our cultural tours.

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2 seminars

2 advanced research seminars were hosted by Amerind on the topics “Pueblo Movement and the Archaeology of Becoming” and also “Valuing Archaeology Beyond Archaeology”

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5 publications

5  publications allowed Amerind’s reach to be global, including Rethinking the Aztec Economy published by the University of Arizona Press, and Give and Take of Sustainability: Archaeological and Anthropological  Perspectives on Tradeoffs published by Cambridge University Press.

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10 individuals

10 artists and scholars spent time at Amerind in Residencies, significantly advancing their research and creative output.