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  or  and on the Hansons’ website:
Space is limited register early!
Members please call Maggie Ohnesorgen at 520-686-1336 or to register/reserve your spot.
non-members may also call or register at Eventbrite:

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.

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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:

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, spiers, 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 Nolik Singers 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. In addition to their medals, the overall winners of the 5K and 10K will receive a beautiful piece of Native American art. After the awards ceremony, grab a bite to eat from our food vendors. 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

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:

Thank you to our Title Sponsor:

Mata Ortiz Show & Sale

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale

Friday-Sunday, February 16-18, 2024

10:00 am-4:00 pm each day

with talk on Mata Ortiz pottery by Ron Bridgemon, Sr., 1:00 pm each day

Visit Amerind’s Mata Ortiz Show and Sale and meet Award-winning pottery artists Hector Gallegos Jr., Laura Bugarini, and Lazaro Ozuna Silveira from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico.

You will have the opportunity to meet these artists and learn about their work. The artists will conduct demonstrations, firings (weather permitting), and offer their exquisite ceramic vessels for sale.

Also, on Friday and Saturday, February 16 & 17, 2024, 10:00 am-3:00 pm we will have a book signing with Award-Winning Author Charmayne Samuelson for her Best Seller biography SPENCER MacCALLUM Memories-Mystique-Mata Ortiz. a biography of the anthropologist who jump-started the Mata Ortiz pottery movement after meeting potter, farmer and cowboy Juan Quezada.
What could be more special than an exquisite piece of pottery along with a signed bestseller!

This event is included with regular Museum Membership or regular admission.

Texas Canyon Mountain Bike Race

Texas Canyon Mountain Bike Race
Saturday, May 18, 2024  (please note the date change from March 9th)

This year the Amerind will hold the 5th Annual Texas Canyon Mountain Bike Race in May rather than September.

We hope you will come out on May 18th to ride in this awe-inspiring region which is normally closed to bikes. We believe you will experience mountain biking at its best on a course that takes you on one or two 7.9-mile loops through spectacular Texas Canyon. Also available is a non-competitive 7.9-mile e-bike course. The course is gravel and mountain bike friendly; e-bikes are permitted to participate ONLY in the non-competitive division.

The race starts at 7:30 am. for the 2 lap (15.8 mile) division and 7:40 am for the 1 lap (7.9 mile) division. E-bikes will start at 7:45 am – AFTER all competitive riders have cleared the start line.

Open to ages 12 -99.

In addition to their medals, the overall winners of 15.8 and the 7.9 race will receive a piece of Native American art.

Shirts commemorating your ride can be purchased during the registration process for $24.

Want to participate as a group with your coworkers, organization or club? contact us for details on discounts and arrangements, we make it easy.

After the Race, step inside the Museum and simply show your bike plate number or free guest passes to the admission desk for free entry into the Amerind Museum, Art Gallery, included with registration. Bring a picnic lunch or grab a bite at one of the food vendors and make a day of it!

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.

Whether you’re an experienced mountain bike racer or just want to ride in the non-competitive category, this is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself, meet new people and have fun!

We hope to see you Saturday, May 18!

Texas Canyon Mountain Bike Race details:
Who: Open to public – ages 12-99
Where: Amerind Museum, 2100 N. Amerind Rd. Dragoon, AZ. 85609
When: Saturday, May 18, 2024.
Start Times: 7:30 15.8 mile course,  7:40 7.9 mile course, 7:45 E-Bike division

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Holiday Mercado Museum Store Sale

Holiday Mercado

December 9th – 31st, 10:00am-4:00pm

Shop the Amerind Museum Store’s Holiday Mercado, featuring resale treasures from community members and more. Mercado items will be on display for sale in the main museum building, from December 9th to December 31st.

The Holiday Mercado is the perfect place to grow your own collection or for holiday gifts. Peruse unique items, including fine art, pottery, jewelry, carvings, and so much more. Shop early for the best selection!

Purchases directly support Amerind’s work with Indigenous artists, museum collections, and public programing.

Mercado shopping is included with Museum admission.


Amerind Free Online Talk: American Indian History and Public Education, with Julie Cajune (Salish)

Amerind Free Online Talk

American Indian History and Public Education

with Julie Cajune (Salish)

Saturday, December 2, 2023, 11:00 am (AZ time)

American Indians are a distinct minority in the United States for several reasons. First, they are the original people of this land, and second, they hold political status as tribal nations. Many Americans do not understand the political distinction of American Indian Tribes. If we recall our public-school years of social studies, we find scant content on American Indian nations or individuals.

This circumstance influenced Salish educator Julie Cajune throughout her career in public education and with her own tribal nation. One of her efforts to address this situation resulted in the book Our Way, A Parallel History.

Julie will discuss the importance of history education for a literate society and healthy democracy.

Julie Cajune (Salish)

Julie holds a master’s degree in education from Montana State University–Billings. After several years of classroom teaching on her home reservation, Julie began developing tribal history materials and curriculum and served as her Tribe’s Education Director. Julie has collaborated with Indigenous scholars, knowledge keepers, artists, and musicians, as well as elders and poets to produce materials in a variety of media including DVDs—Stories from a Nation Within, Art and Identity, Remembering the Songs, and Inside Anna’s Classroom— and children’s books—Gift of the Bitterroot and Huckleberries, Buttercups and Celebrations, and a variety of other publications Julie is a recipient of the national Milken Educator Award, the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. She continues her work to add Native voices to the master narrative of American history. (attendees can use coupon code AMERIND25 for 25% off the book)

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