Fulton Family Heritage Luncheons

Let’s Get Together

You’re invited to the Fulton Family Heritage Lunches


Have you ever wondered more about Amerind’s founding family? Or, want to peek at the historic home behind the museum and art galleries? Now is your opportunity.

You are invited to an insider members-only lunch and tour of the historic Fulton Seminar House, where heritage meets elegance. Each month throughout the summer, members can experience Amerind in an exclusive, intimate setting with a full delicious lunch service and behind-the-scenes tour of the Fulton Seminar House.

Your memorable luncheon begins with a warm welcome in the Spanish Colonial courtyard. Enjoy light bites in the Fulton Seminar House living room while learning about the latest events at Amerind with a backdrop of the panoramic views of Texas Canyon.

A private tour by Willie Adams, great-grandson of Amerind founder William Shirley Fulton, provides unique insights into Amerind’s history peppered with a few entertaining family tales!

Lunch will be served in the family dining room, including entrée with sides and a delectable dessert.

Fulton Family Heritage Luncheons are offered on selected Thursdays from  10:30 AM–1 PM:

  • June 13th
  • July 18th
  • August 15th

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity! Reserve your spot today! To purchase your ticket or learn more details, go here. 

Not a Member? Annual Memberships start at $50, consider joining by going to our membership page here for access to this exclusive Amerind experience.

Reservations and payments are required in advance. All participants, including guests, must have an active membership with Amerind. The cost per person is $40. Luncheon participants are limited to 12 individuals. A minimum of 6 persons are needed for each event.  To find out about availability please click on the event link. To find out if your membership is active and up-to date contact our membership services via email at [email protected] or call 520.586.3666.

Texas Canyon Mountain Bike Fun Ride

Texas Canyon Mountain Bike Fun Ride

Saturday, September 28, 2024

8:00-8:30 am Rolling Start

The Amerind Museum presents the 4th Annual Texas Canyon Mountain Bike Fun Ride. Come out and ride the scenic 7.8-mile course in the beautiful Texas Canyon Nature Preserve.  Enjoy time riding with your friends, and family, or by yourself through the awe-inspiring Texas Canyon Nature Preserve which is only open to bikes twice a year. Participation in the event enables Amerind to further its mission of fostering and promoting knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, conservation, and community engagement.

The Fun Ride will have a “rolling start.” After you arrive and collect your packet, you are free to start your ride anytime between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. To keep the event both fun and safe, helmets are required to be worn by all participants.

Shirts commemorating your ride can be purchased during the registration process. Commemorative finishers’ medals will be given to the first 250 registrants. After the Fun Ride, grab a bite from one of the food trucks then step inside the Museum to explore the exhibits. Your race registration includes free entry into the Amerind Museum and Art Gallery. Simply show your bike plate number or free passes to the admissions desk to take advantage of this offer.

To register, visit: https://bit.ly/TCMBFR2024


Amerind Free Online Talk: Comanches, Captives, Germans: Transactions on the Texas Frontier, 1847 with Daniel J. Gelo & Christopher J. Wickham

Free Online Talk

Comanches, Captives, Germans: Transactions on the Texas Frontier, 1847

with Daniel J. Gelo, PhD & Christopher J. Wickham, PhD

Saturday, June 22, 2024

11:00 am – Arizona Time 

In 2021, three finely worked sketches dating back to the middle of the nineteenth century were brought to the attention of scholars studying the relationship between German settlers and Comanche Indians. Seemingly the work of one artist, and (with one exception) never published, the sketches feature Comanches, Germans, a captive girl, a wagon train, the landscape and wildlife of the Texas Hill Country, and dynamic scenes of cultural contact. Who was the girl? Who were the Comanches involved? Who were the Germans? Where and when did this captive exchange take place? What do we make of the rich Indian and German cultural details that the artist includes? How can we understand his work—as art, as data about Comanche life and customs, and as documentation of a specific cultural encounter? And, of course, who was the artist, and how important is his work? Trying to find answers to these questions, the presenters will examine the drawings in detail and decode information placed by the artist.

Daniel J. Gelo is Dean and Professor of Anthropology Emeritus and former Stumberg Distinguished University Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Gelo holds Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., and B.A. degrees in anthropology from Rutgers University. His publications include: Comanche Vocabulary (University of Texas Press, 1995), Comanches in the New West, 1896-1908 (with Stanley Noyes, University of Texas Press, 1999), Texas Indian Trails (with Wayne L. Pate, Republic of Texas Press, 2003), Comanches and Germans on the Texas Frontier: The Ethnology of Heinrich Berghaus (with Christopher J. Wickham, Texas A&M University Press, 2018), and Indians of the Great Plains (Second Edition, Routledge, 2019). He has won the UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Presidio La Bahia Award for best book on early Texas history.

Christopher J. Wickham is Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having taught at the Universität Regensburg, Germany, Allegheny College, PA, and the University of Illinois at Chicago he moved to UTSA in 1991. Wickham retired from teaching in 2017. His research focuses on German literature and culture, and most recently on the interaction between German settlers and Comanches in 19th-century Texas. He authored a monograph on the dialect of Diendorf, Bavaria, (1987) and books on the notion of Heimat (1999) and Comanches and Germans in Texas (2018, with Daniel J. Gelo) which won the Presidio La Bahia Award for best book on early Texas history. Comanches, Captives, and Germans, a book coauthored with Dan Gelo, Hoppy Hopkins and Bryden Moon, appeared in January 2023. He is currently working with Dan Gelo on a study of 19th century Texas botanist and newspaperman Ferdinand Lindheimer.

Book Publication:

 Gelo, Daniel J., C. B. “Hoppy” Hopkins, Christopher J. Wickham, and Bryden Moon.

Comanches, Captives, and Germans: Wilhelm Friedrich’s Drawings from the Texas Frontier. Kerrville, TX: State House Press, 2022.


To register for this free online event, visit: https://bit.ly/Amerindonline06222024GeloWickham



Introduction to Nature Journaling with Roseann Hanson

Introduction to Nature Journaling at the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve

with Instructor Roseann Hanson

Saturday, April 20, 2024

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

$75 non-members

$70 Members  (please call to register)

Day long workshop Includes:


a copy of the workbook, Nature Journaling for a Wild Life-a $35 value, free passes to

Keeping a nature journal can both deepen our connections to the natural world and help us learn more about it. Neither science education nor art training is needed—we will develop the skills of a naturalist and a field sketch-artist along the way.
This workshop will introduce the tools and processes of keeping a nature journal with instructor Roseann Hanson, author of Nature Journaling for a Wild Life, Master of Field Arts, and the Southern Arizona Nature Almanac.
We will learn how to practice “intentional curiosity” as the core of nature journaling: to ask questions, to dig deeper into science, to focus our minds both intently and intentionally. The workshop will include:
• The nuts-and-bolts of journal-keeping (paper and ink types, archival systems, how to make entries that you can refer to later, laying out pages, prompts to jump-start observations, and tips on researching science questions sparked by your observations).
• Easy tips that enable anyone to get started sketching and painting. Roseann will help free you from your inner critic and start sketching and painting. Art in a nature journal is not only lovely to see, but an important component of your skillset because the very act of drawing and painting something from life involves incredibly intense observation. Your brain is wholly occupied by only that thing you are observing and drawing—it is a kind of meditation that results in new insights, deeper understanding, and discoveries.
• A short classroom session and, weather permitting, we will spend most of the time exploring the grounds and trails around Amerind and practicing our journaling skills. (Please wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing.)
• A copy of the workbook, Nature Journaling for a Wild Life, which includes blank journal pages — a  $35 value. All you need is a pen or pencil and your curiosity about nature.
About the instructor: Roseann Hanson is a naturalist, artist, and explorer who has been keeping science-based nature and field notes journals for 40 years. She is one of the organizers of the Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, and is the author of the popular books Nature Journaling for a Wild Life, and Master of Field Arts. She studied journalism and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, and has worked in the American Southwest, Mexico, and East Africa as a conservationist, naturalist, and writer. She has authored a dozen natural history and outdoor books, including the Southern Arizona Nature Almanac with her husband Jonathan Hanson, and San Pedro River: A Discovery Guide, both of which include her nature journal data and art. She was the coordinator for the trans-disciplinary Art & Science Program at the 115-year-old Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, part of the University of Arizona College of Science. She teaches nature writing, nature journaling, and field notes for biologists. She was named a Fellow of both the Explorers Club in the U.S. and the Royal Geographical Society for her conservation and expedition work. You can find her on social media at https://www.facebook.com/roseannhansonexplore  or https://www.instagram.com/roseannhanson  and on the Hansons’ website: http://www.exploringoverland.com/fieldarts
Space is limited register early!
Members please call Maggie Ohnesorgen at 520-686-1336 or [email protected] to register/reserve your spot.
non-members may also call or register at Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/amerindnaturejournaling04202024

Amerind Free Online Talk: Capturing Water in Chaco Canyon and the Legacy of R. Gwinn Vivian, with Samantha Fladd, PhD

Amerind Free Online Lecture

Capturing Water in Chaco Canyon and the Legacy of R. Gwinn Vivian

with Samantha Fladd, PhD

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 11:00 am – Arizona Time


Capturing Water in Chaco Canyon and the Legacy of R. Gwinn Vivian

While Chaco Canyon is renowned for massive great houses and concentrations of nonlocal materials, the ability of residents to productively farm the arid landscape has remained contentious within archaeology. These debates have ranged from questions over soil quality to the existence and use of water management features. Throughout his career, Dr. R. Gwinn Vivian worked tirelessly to locate and document evidence of water management, particularly canal systems, from within and around the Canyon. In this talk, I will provide an overview of this evidence and discuss the importance of Dr. Vivian’s legacy on the field of Southwest archaeology.

Samantha Fladd is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Museum of Anthropology at Washington State University. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2018 and has been doing archaeological research in the Four Corners region of the US Southwest for about 15 years. She is the second author on an upcoming book with Dr. R. Gwinn Vivian on Capturing Water (University of Utah Press), which presents his lifetime of research on water management and agricultural potential in and around Chaco Canyon.

To register for this free online event, visit: https://bit.ly/Amerindonline04062024Fladd

Exhibit Celebration and Artist Talk with Maria Arvayo

Exhibit Celebration and Artist Talk with Maria Arvayo

Saturday, January 27, 2024 1 – 2 pm, Artist Talk: 1:00 pm

Come and meet artist Maria Arvayo on Saturday, January 27th when we will celebrate her exhibit Inspired by Texas Canyon: The Art of Maria Arvayo, on display through September 2024. She will give a talk at 1:00 pm.

Maria Arvayo is a painter and a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe living in Tucson, Arizona, where she works and teaches painting. She works in a wide variety of media including watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil and encaustic.

In 2020 she completed an artist in residency at the Amerind. During this time, she hiked the grounds and did a number of plein air paintings. Inspired by the landscape of southern Arizona, in this exhibit she shares her appreciation for the beauty that is abundant in the land and sky of Texas Canyon. Many of the works in this exhibit are from her time spent at the Amerind. Some of the works in this exhibit are from her time spent at the Amerind and many pieces are available for purchase, although they must remain at the Amerind through September 2024. For more information contact the Museum Store.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this talented artist and the inspiration of the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve!

This event is included with your membership or regular Museum admission.

Celebrating and Reconnecting Turtle Island and Abya Yala through Lucho Soler’s Pottery Art


Please note: Rescheduled- the Amerind closed due to dangerous winter road conditions in Texas Canyon last Saturday on February 1oth.

Lucho Soler will speak this Saturday, February 17 at 11:00 am in the Amerind Art Gallery.

Saturday, February 10th 

Saturday, February 17th

Artist Talk: 11:00 am

Born in Peru, Lucho’s interest in clay and pottery art came at the early age of 10. His extensive knowledge and practice in pottery art blends ancient technologies, techniques, and motifs from the Chavín, Moche, Nazca, and Paracas Indigenous Peoples of South America with contemporary ceramic art traditions of Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. Vessel forms and finishes encapsulate both the ancient and contemporary, for example his rolled coil, stone burnishing, and 24 karat gold and platinum luster appliqué techniques. In addition to creating stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces, Lucho’s work essentially reconnects contemporary Indigenous artists of the Americas, hence the title of his talk.

Lucho will be at Amerind to discuss his work and demonstrate his pottery making techniques.

Lucho’s talk will be at 11:00 am

This event is included with regular Museum admission.

Lucho Soler Fine Pottery Art exhibit will be on display in the Amerind Gallery through June 2024.

Lucho has made many of the pieces in this exhibit available for sale, although the works must remain until the exhibit ends in June 2024. To inquire about purchasing work from this exhibit please contact the Museum Store at: [email protected].

Vintage Basketry & Navajo Weavings with Terry DeWald

 Vintage Basketry and Navajo Weavings with Terry DeWald

Saturday, February 3, 2024

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Talk: 11:00 am

 Please join us on Saturday, February 3, 2024, when we host Terry DeWald of Terry DeWald American Indian Art for a Vintage Basketry and Navajo Weavings Show & Sale at the Amerind Museum. The show will feature vintage Navajo weavings, vintage baskets from California, the greater southwest, and contemporary Tohono O’odham baskets.

DeWald has been a prominent dealer, lecturer, appraiser, and author of Native American art for more than 40 years.

DeWald will give a talk on Vintage Basketry and Navajo Weavings at 11:00 am.

This event is included with regular Museum admission.

Texas Canyon Trail Run

11th Annual Texas Canyon Trail Run/Walk

Saturday, March 23, 2024

9:00 10K Start Time 

9:20 5K Start Time

Open to the Public-All ages

The Amerind Museum presents the Eleventh Annual Texas Canyon Trail Run on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Bring your friends and family to run or walk the scenic 5K or 10K courses in this awe-inspiring region the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve. Texas Canyon is marked by spectacular rock formations, including balancing boulders, spires, and trails crisscrossing through open fields of yucca, ocotillo, a variety of cacti, and scattered trees that dot the terrain.

In a culture of running, it is no surprise that many Native communities have ways of encouraging runners along their path. Among the O’odham of Arizona and Sonora, singing is important at all community events and celebrations. The Amerind is honored to welcome back the No:ligk Traditional Singers and Basket Dancers from the Tohono O’odham Nation. On March 23, they will sing traditional O’odham songs to encourage the trail runners along their way.

Once you have completed the race, please stay for the Awards Ceremony at 11:00 am. This year in addition to their medals, the Amerind is pleased to award the overall winners of the 5K and 10K with original artwork from acclaimed Tohono O’odham painter Michael Chiago, thanks to this year’s Title Sponsor-Desert Diamond Casinos.
After the awards ceremony, grab a bite to eat from our food vendors (Shirley Harvey Native Frybread, Bam Bam BBQ, and the Dragoon General store’s Stagecoach Squeeze). Then, step inside and explore Amerind’s exhibits. Your race registration also includes free entry into the Amerind Museum and Art Gallery. Simply show your bib number or guest passes to the admissions desk to take advantage of this offer.

Want to register or participate as a group from a company, organization etc. contact us for details and arrangements, we make it easy!

Participation in the event enables Amerind to further its mission of fostering and promoting knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, conservation, and community engagement.

10K-$40 adults, $25 youth

5K-$30 adults, $15 youth

*Early bird rates, price increases to $45. and $35. ($50 and $40 on race day)

Whether you’re a competitive runner or just want to walk leisurely, this is the perfect opportunity to get off on the right foot in the new year, meet new people and join the fun!

We hope to see you Saturday, March 23!

Register here: https://bit.ly/TCTR2024

Register by March 22 and save. Prices increase after March 22 at 11:59 pm for adult 5K & 10K registrations. Youth prices do not change.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor:

**Please note that the Amerind hiking trails will be closed Friday, March 22, 23 & Sunday, March 24th for race day preparation and clean up. We apologize for any inconvenience. The trails will reopen to the public on Tuesday, March 26 at 8:30 am.