Amerind Free Online Artist Talk: Writing our Stories with Diné (Navajo) Master Weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete

Weaving by Navajo Master Weaver Lynda Teller Pete, with geometric shapes in lavender, white, and light brown.

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk Writing our Stories with Diné (Navajo) Master Weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

Writing our Stories with Diné (Navajo) Master Weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Amerind welcomes Diné (Navajo) master weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete for the free online talk, “Writing our Stories.” Fifth-generation weavers who grew up at the fabled Two Grey Hills trading post, Barbara and Lynda are considered among the very most skillful and artistic of Diné weavers today. During their presentation Barbara and Lynda will discuss the experience of writing their book “Spider Woman’s Children,” a work delving into the realm of Diné weaving.

Barbara Jean Teller Ornelas is a fifth-generation Master Navajo Weaver and culture bearer, raised near the famed Two Grey Hills Trading Post on the Navajo Nation. Her father, Sam Teller (1918–2000), was a Navajo trader for thirty-two years, and her mother, Ruth Teller (1928–2014), was a weaver, gardener, quilter and photographer. When Teller Ornelas was ten, her paternal grandmother dreamt that her granddaughter would become a great weaver who shared their traditions around the world. Fifty-six years later, Teller Ornelas has not only honed her artistry as a Two Grey Hills weaver, but shared it with audiences internationally in the form of workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.

For Teller Ornelas, weaving is a living thing, and she uses her weavings to tell stories—a legacy passed down by her great-grandfather, a Keeper of Stories who was a prisoner of war at Bosque Redondo after the U.S. military forcibly relocated the Navajo people in 1863. Teller Ornelas is herself a survivor of two U.S. government residential schools—institutions which aimed to eradicate Navajo culture. In the face of this, she has dedicated her life to preserving and innovating Navajo weaving. Her designs reference both her matrilineal traditions and lived experience. As a teacher, she has shared her knowledge with students from Arizona, to Peru, to Uzbekistan, building solidarity with other indigenous peoples. Today, her mission is to connect Navajo people in her own cultural ecosystem with their heritage by passing on this crucial ancestral knowledge, and nurturing new generations of Navajo weavers.

Navajo tapestry weaver Lynda Teller Pete was born into the Tábąąhá (Water Edge Clan) and born for the Tó’aheedlíinii (Two Waters Flow Together Clan).  Originally from the Two Grey Hills, Newcomb, NM areas of the Navajo Nation.  She lives in Denver with her husband Belvin Pete. Weaving is a legacy in the Teller family. For over seven generations, her family has produced award-winning rugs in the traditional Two Grey Hills regional style. Along with her weaving, Lynda is collaborating with fiber art centers, museums, universities, fiber guilds and other art venues to educate the public about Navajo history and the preservation of Navajo weaving traditions. Lynda and her sister Barbara wrote Spider Woman’s Children, Navajo Weavers Today in 2018. This book is the first book written about Navajo weavers by Navajo weavers since the time of Spanish and colonial contacts. Lynda has also collaborated with three authors on the book, Navajo Textiles: The Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in 2016. Lynda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in Public Programs from Arizona State University.  Lynda and Barbara’s new book “How To Weave a Navajo Rug and Other Lessons from Spider Woman” published by Thrums Books/Schiffer Publishing is now available.

From the age of six, when Lynda was officially introduced to weaving, instilled the belief that beauty and harmony should be woven into every rug. “In our Teller family, we regard weaving as our life’s work. Weaving represents our connection to the universe. It is our stories, our prayers, and our songs that are told, chanted, sung, and preserved in the weaving motions. Every weaver has stories to tell about his or her weaving, and every weaving has stories to tell about the weaver: the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the signature styles. And each weaver is unique. I touch tapestries woven by my grandmothers, my mother, my sisters, my cousins, my niece, my nephew, my granddaughter, my grandson and I see their hands strumming the warps. I hear the resonating beats of their weaving combs, and without seeing them, I know who is weaving just by the sound of their beats. I see tears, fears, and joy, and I hear laughter, soothing words of comfort, and loud congratulatory cheers. Unlike our elder Navajo weavers, people will know our names; they will see our faces, know our stories, and they will hear our songs and our prayers on each tapestry that we create.” Today, Lynda Teller Pete continues to carry this weaving tradition.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit:

Free Online Artist Talk – “Collaborating with Place” with Artist Shawn Skabelund

Shawn Skabelund

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

“Collaborating with Place” with Artist Shawn Skabelund

Saturday, October 30, 2021, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

The landscapes I live in become my studio, not as subject matter to draw or paint, but to observe and look, discovering materials that I can collect in order to create new “landscapes” and forms. As someone with three degrees in drawing, I will discuss the trajectory of my career and my creative process in creating site-specific, place-based installations.

Shawn Skabelund is an artist, educator and independent curator based in Flagstaff, AZ, working with and in specific landscapes to reveal their complex issues, ecologies and cultural histories. Shawn grew up in the small logging town of McCall, ID, in the mountains of Payette National Forest. His fondest childhood memories were of days picking huckleberries, which would become the root of his creative process. He received his MFA in Drawing/Painting from the University of Iowa in 1990 and his BFA in Drawing from Utah State University in 1987.

For three decades, Skabelund’s creative research and place-based craft and practice have focused on what Wendell Berry calls “the unsettling of America,” and how historical and contemporary Manifest Destiny have impacted specific landscapes and cultures in the United States. In particular, he is interested in the ecological consequences of anthropogenic climate change and for the past decade he has been exploring human’s relationship with Earth, and the planet’s relationship with fire, both in its origin and now in its destruction, and understanding the pyrocene and the interaction between our addiction to fossil fuels and natural fire.

Skabelund’s projects have been commissioned and funded by organizations including the Arizona Commission on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, The Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Bandelier National Monument and Northern Arizona University’s College of Arts & Letters and School of Music, and the Martin-Springer Institute. His recent work has been developed as an artist-in-residence, resulting in large-scale installations and/or performative art actions in collaboration with community engagement and partnership. Such projects have unfolded throughout the American West, from Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico to the Wrangell Mountains Center, McCarthy, Alaska and from the Volland Store, Alma, Kansas to BoxoProjects, Joshua Tree, CA. The projects he has helped plan and the exhibitions he has curated have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Work grants, the Joint Fire Science Program, Southwest Fire Science Consortium, and the Landscape Conservation Initiative.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit:

Free Online Artist Talk – Under the Microscope: Using Process to Develop Visual Voice with Artist Debra Edgerton

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Amerind Free Online Artist Talk - Under the Microscope: Using Process to Develop Visual Voice with Artist Debra Edgerton

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

Under the Microscope: Using Process to Develop Visual Voice with Artist Debra Edgerton

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

I’ve always been fascinated by the power of water. From fear to reverence, water contains a multi-layered narrative that connects all organisms to a living planet. Most conversation concerning water center around how human-kind is affected by its contamination or depletion. Water is life-giving and life-sustaining but there is less regard for most life living through it.

I started basic research on freshwater ecosystems in 2019. It culminated in the group exhibition, Parched, about general water issues. However, my vision for dissemination could not be achieved because of the demands for shared space and my own truncated research. Because we live in a time of climate severity, water depletion, and skepticism in science, I am continuing my vision of connecting art and science to give visual voice to an area most of the public will not engage. The art developmental process echoes how I feel about the multi-faceted issues of water. My presentation looks behind the scenes in the crafting of an idea and what it takes to bring it to life.

Debra Edgerton an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University. She received her two MFAs in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and Interdisciplinary Art at Vermont College. Her art practice addresses cultural identity, perception, imprinting of memory, displacement, and water issues. Edgerton’s recent artwork recontextualizes grief and loss for women of color. The spectacle of grief in media overshadows quiet despair, empathy, and humanity. She uses art as a mechanism to explore how we process information and its effect on emotional connections.

Ms. Edgerton currently is extending her research into algae and microorganisms and how the beginning of the fresh water aquatic food web can be studied for environmental and climate issues.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit:

Free Online Gallery Talk – Consumption eARTh: Art in the Anthropocene Age with Artist Neal Galloway

Free Online Gallery Talk:

Consumption eARTh: Art in the Anthropocene Age with Artist Neal Galloway

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 11:00 am

Artist Neal Galloway will present on his works and art practice which explore the ways in which Earth’s environment is ultimately shaped by human consumption. Galloway’s conceptual artwork explores our understanding of nature, waste, materiality, and our emotional connections to objects and ecosystems. Society has created complex systems which disconnect people from both the origins of their material belongings and from the utterly staggering volume of waste they produce. His artwork seeks to highlight these connections and explore human relationships to the natural world, social inequality, and consumer practices. These pieces take a variety of forms including sculpture, environmental works, installations, performance, videos, and more—using a wide range of traditional and non-traditional art materials.

Neal Galloway is an artist and educator from Flagstaff, Arizona who serves as a Foundations Lecturer in the School of Art at Northern Arizona University. He holds an MFA in 3D and Extended Media from the University of Arizona and a BA in Art and Music from the University of Tulsa. Galloway has been teaching college-level art courses for more than a decade and has exhibited artwork at a wide range of venues across the United States.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit:

Free Online Documentary Viewing and Q&A Panel Discussion – Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest


Free Online Documentary Viewing and Q&A Panel Discussion 

Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:00 am -12:00 pm – Arizona Time

View the Documentary at 10:00 am – Arizona Time

Participate in the Q&A Panel Discussion at 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Experience the Exhibit at Amerind Now through January 16, 2022

Saturday, May 8 Amerind invites you to a free online documentary viewing and panel discussion of “Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest.” The Parched documentary tells the story of the creation of the art exhibit – “Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest” currently on display at Amerind – which explores the complexities of water in the context of climate change and increasing demands on water. Nine Arizona-based artists created works, informed by scientific and cultural inquiry, that reflect diverse perspectives and provocative insight into our intricate relationship with water in our natural, cultural, and political landscapes. After the documentary viewing, stay tuned for a Q&A panel discussion that will include Parched Curator Julie Comnick, Artist Klee Benally (Diné), Artist Glory Tacheenie-Campoy (Diné), Artist Marie Gladue (Diné), and NAU Biologist Jane Marks.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit:

Adáádáá’ Nizhónîgo Nahóółtá (Yesterday We Had a Beautiful Rain) with Artist Glory Tacheenie-Campoy (Diné)

Amerind Free Online Lecture

Adáádáá’ Nizhónîgo Nahóółtá (Yesterday We Had a Beautiful Rain) with Artist Glory Tacheenie-Campoy (Diné)

Saturday, April 17, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Glory Tacheenie-Campoy was born on the Diné reservation to the maternal clan of Kinyáá á nii (Tall Tower Clan) and paternal clan, Bįįtoodnii (Deer Spring Water Clan). She grew up in a traditional Diné family and community near the Grand Canyon. It was within this setting she was taught to create utilitarian objects by hand during her childhood. She would then go on to learn how to paint and create art using commercial art materials while in school. With this blended arts education, Glory now produces prints, paintings, collages, and 3-D original mixed media art using a variety of materials including found objects, natural materials, and metal. During her Amerind presentation, Glory will discuss her contributions to the group exhibition, “Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest,” currently on display at the Amerind Museum. Glory will also talk about new pieces she began to develop in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about “Parched: The Art of Water in the Southwest” including information about curator Julie Comnick, participating artists, partners, supporters, and the traveling exhibition schedule, visit:

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit:

Free Online Artist Talk with Ramson Lomatewama

Free Online Artist Talk with Ramson Lomatewama (Hopi)

Saturday, December 5, 2020, 1:00 pm, Arizona time

Ramson Lomatewama is a carver, a poet, a master at the art of glass blowing, and a pioneering artist at Hopi. Mr. Lomatewama will talk about his artistic career and vision, as well as the inspiration behind his art form. Mr. Lomatewama has won numerous awards for his artistry, and his works are sold in some of the finest art galleries in the country. His pieces are in the collection of several museums, including the Amerind’s.

This online program is free, but space is limited.

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Amerind Virtual Autumn Fest: Free Online Salon and Art Sale with Gerry Quotskuyva


Amerind Virtual Autumn Fest

Free Salon and Art Sale with Gerry Quotskuyva

Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:30 pm – Arizona Time


Hopi artist Gerry Quotskuyva is a member of the Bear Strap Clan from the Second Mesa Village of Shungopavi in Northern Arizona. A painter, carver, and sculptor, his remarkable style has been nationally recognized in various media including public television, newspaper articles and books including Art of the Hopi by Jerry and Lois Jacka, Katsina by Zena Pearlstone, and Ancestral Echoes, a ten-year retrospective. During this free online event, Gerry will discuss his work and share items he currently has for sale.

Watch the program live on Amerind’s Facebook page or register to watch on Zoom.

Holiday Mercado

Holiday Mercado

Saturday-Sunday, December 11-12, 2021, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM 

Join us for your holiday shopping while also supporting Amerind. Many Amerind friends have given us their own collections of art, pottery, jewelry, carvings, and so much more, specifically for us to resell to the public. At this two-day Holiday Mercado you will find treasures to add to your own collections or to give as gifts this holiday season. Included with Museum admission.