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.


Mata Ortiz Show & Sale

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale Featuring Master Potter Oralia Lopez

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 24, 25 & 26, 2023, 10:00 am-4:00 pm each day

Please join us Thanksgiving weekend for a Show and Sale of Mata Ortiz Pottery featuring Master potter Oralia Lopez who will be demonstrating her work. Oralia is a second-generation potter from Mata Ortiz who learned to make pottery from her mother and older sister.  Oralia is well known for her flawless intricate painted geometric designs and, tall neck jars.  Oralia will also be bringing a collection of ceramics from other select potters living and working in Mata Ortiz.   The pottery of Mata Ortiz is regarded as some of the finest ceramic ware in the world for its precision craftsmanship, thin walled, and finely painted vessels.

Come and meet the artist and see her incredible work along with the beautiful work of other Mata Ortiz artists.

Also, on Friday and Saturday, November 24 & 25, 2023, 11am-3pm 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.

Looking for unique holiday gifts? What could be more special than an exquisite piece of pottery along with a signed bestseller!

This event is included with regular Museum admission.


Amerind’s Seri Art & Culture Weekend Show & Sale

Comcáac (Seri) Art & Culture Weekend Show & Sale
Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, 10am – 4pm
Visit the Amerind and learn about the art and culture of the Comcáac (Seri) people of Sonora, Mexico.
The Seri people of the desert and the sea are known for their beautiful arts and crafts, which include a long history of basket weaving and more recently wood carving and other crafts.Basket weaving is an important tradition in Sonora, Mexico and was one of Mesoamerica’s oldest crafts.  The Comcáac handwoven baskets, woven using the coil method from all natural desert materials are known for being some of the finest in the southwest, incorporating design motifs from the Seri culture.Meet the artists behind these unique creations of Comcáac basketry, sisters Maria Francisca Moreno and Patricia Moreno. You will have the opportunity to watch them weave, learn about these baskets and purchase their beautiful creations.

This event is included with Museum admission.

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk: The Art of Ryan Singer


Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

The Art of Ryan Singer, Diné (Navajo)

We apologize and appreciate your patience on September 16th.  Due to some technical difficulties, we have had to rescheduled to:

Saturday, November 4, 2023, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Join us as we welcome artist Ryan Singer for an online artist talk.

Ryan Singer is a Diné (Navajo) artist-painter based in Albuquerque, NM. Creating artwork based on his Navajo heritage and incorporating pop culture elements including science fiction imagery. He weaves stories of his childhood memories with nostalgic iconography. He has been included in the “Indigenous Futurism” movement but has been drawing Star Wars characters since 1977. Ryan also enjoys creating portrait realism of Native subjects with a contemporary appeal. His artwork is in collections of several museums and collectors worldwide. Ryan had garnered several awards including from the renowned SWAIA’s Santa Fe Indian Market. He has acquired his BFA in Art Studio from UNM, where he was in a collaborative lithography class with the Tamarind Institute. He now plans on working towards his MFA. Born in Cedar City, Utah, but originally from Tuba City, Arizona, Ryan is of the Tódich’iinii (Bitter Water) clan and born for the Kinya’aani (Towering House) clan. Having grown up in various parts of the Navajo Reservation, Ryan often reflects on his childhood in his artwork through his depictions of science fiction and pop culture icons. Ryan’s other notable works of art include the popular “Mutton Stew” painting which he modeled after Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Tomato Soup Can” series but with a distinct Navajo twist; his iconic “Wagon Burner” which has become his trademark symbol. He has been part of exhibitions featuring this new genre of art. He also co-curated an exhibition along with Tony Abeyta at the Navajo Nation Museum about the “Long Walk”.

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“Hope in a Hogan”, 2022

Amerind Autumn Fest

Amerind Autumn Fest

Celebrating the history, culture, and arts of the Diné (Navajo).

Saturday, October 21, 2023

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$10 per vehicle

Join Amerind at our annual Autumn Fest as we celebrate the history, culture, and arts of the Diné (Navajo).  Rich in tradition, history, and culture, Diné teachers, artists, singers and dancers will hold a day-long cultural celebration at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona.

This year, Autumn Fest will feature performances by the rock band Sihasin, the Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe, and flutist Mary Redhouse, public talks about Diné culture from Diné scholars Wade Campbell, PhD and Poet Laura Tohe, PhD. and the event will also welcome various Native artists who will be showing and selling their art, youth activities and food.  This year Amerind announces the People’s Choice Artist Award, visitors will vote for their favorite artist, the top three winners will win a cash award.

Amerind is pleased to announce the Sihasin band, the Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe, and Mary Redhouse will play as part of The Angelo Joaquin Jr. Cultural Performance Series, with thanks to donor Ann Parker, PhD.

Autumn Fest is Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, AZ. $10 per vehicle.

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk: The Art of Matagi Sorensen

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

The Art of Matagi Sorensen (Yavapai-Apache)

Saturday, July 15, 2023, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Join us as we welcome artist, Matagi Sorensen for an online artist talk.

Matagi Sorensen (Yavapai-Apache) is a contemporary jeweler/metalsmith who creates hand fabricated and lost wax-cast jewelry.  His contemporary style has garnered the attention of many. His designs are sleek and modern with an urban aesthetic that draws from traditional and natural motifs rooted in his Yavapai-Apache heritage.  His curiosity and drive to learn more about his craft make him an exciting artist to follow. Please take this opportunity to join us as Matagi discusses his work, journey and the inspiration behind his incredible creations.

Matagi Sorensen was born in Cottonwood, Arizona. He had an interesting childhood, traveling around the Southwest with his family, making small craft items to sell. When he was 15 his family moved back to the reservation where Matagi began working for a summer youth program. At 18 he went to work for his tribe and contemplated becoming a social worker.  He went on to enroll at Yavapai Community College eventually taking a jewelry making class, beginning his journey to become a professional jeweler.  He graduated from Northern Arizona University with BFA in 2011 followed by an MFA from Arizona State University in 2021 where he was able to further his knowledge and skills in metalsmithing and design, as well as experiment with natural and culturally traditional materials.  Matagi has gone on to exhibit his work throughout the country at various shows including Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Fair, Eiteljorg Indian Market, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Art Market among others.

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Amerind Free Online Talk: The Distribution of Cultural Lac Scale Use (Tachardiella spp.) in the Arid Southwest

Amerind Free Online Lecture

The Distribution of Cultural Lac Scale Use (Tachardiella spp.) in the Arid Southwest

with Marilen Pool, PhD

Saturday, August 12, 2023, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

This talk will discuss the examination of the lac scale insect in the arid Southwest and the distribution of its cultural use. Three species, Tachardiella fulgensTachardiella larreae and Tachardiella pustulata are those most known to have been utilized by the indigenous peoples of the region from as early as the Archaic period to the modern era as an adhesive, mastic, and coating for the fabrication of tools, weapons, musical instruments, kicking balls, ornaments, and amulets. It was also used for hermetic sealing of containers to protect foods and seeds from pests and as a repair material for mending pottery.

Marilen Pool, PhD, is a Senior Project Conservator at the Arizona State Museum and Objects Conservator and owner of Sonoran Art Conservation Services in Tucson. She recently earned her doctorate degree in Arid Lands Resource Sciences at the University of Arizona. She has a graduate degree in Museum Studies from Oregon State University and is a graduate of the Sir Sanford Fleming Art Conservation Program in Ontario, Canada.

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Amerind Free Online Artist Talk: The Art of Shaun Beyale

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

The Art of Shaun Beyale (Diné)

Saturday, July 1, 2023, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Join us as we welcome artist Shaun Beyale for an online artist talk. Shaun Beyale (Diné)Navajo will discuss his art and his journey as a comic book artist, illustrator, painter, screen printer and, digital artist. From growing up in Shiprock, New Mexico on the Navajo Nation to his early interest in comics, superheroes and his passion for drawing that sparked a lifelong journey to create.  Shaun was drawn toward the genre of comic books and superheroes because it reminds him of the old traditional stories of good versus evil. Using his cultural stories as inspiration to create something new and more modern.  Creating his own Indigenous Superheroes.  Powerful Native women define Beyale’s characters, reflecting his upbringing, being surrounded by generations of strong women, inspired him.  In Navajo culture, we’re a matrilineal society, women tend to have more power and have a strong presence in our cultural stories.

Shaun has recently created Indigenous Superheroes for the Marvel Universe, a lifelong dream. He hopes that his characters and comics will be a source of education about contemporary Indigenous culture.  His motto is “empowerment thru art”.  He creates and shares his empowering art with hope to inspire future generations to find their inner “Monster Slayer” to face life’s challenges.

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Amerind Artist in Residence: Duane Maktima (Hopi-Laguna)

Grouping of sterling silver jewelry on a grey background showing hammer textured cuff and earrings, an overlay medallion bolo tie, pierced silver lizard pin, and an overlay stylized bear buckle set in the center with a turquoise cabochon by Duane Maktima..


Amerind Artist in Residence

Duane Maktima (Hopi-Laguna)

Master Jeweler-Metalsmith

January 18-March 31, 2023

Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Visit Amerind January 18-March 31 to witness master jeweler-metalsmith, Duane Maktima, create his works of art. Maktima traveled to numerous repositories of Hopi objects to study the designs and techniques used to create the items. The experience of having surrounded himself with Hopi items has given Maktima extensive knowledge few people have today. Do not miss this unique opportunity to watch a true master practice his craft.

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale

Friday-Sunday, February 17-19, 2023

10:00 am-4:00 pm each day

Visit Amerind and witness the talent of pottery artists Hector Gallegos Jr., Laura Bugarini, and Karla Lopez from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. The artists will conduct demonstrations, firings (weather permitting), and offer their exquisite ceramic vessels for sale. This event is included with regular Museum admission.