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.

16 Artists—1 Theme RAICES (Roots): An Exhibit Reception and Artist Discussion

16 Artists—1 Theme

RAICES (Roots)

An Exhibit Reception and Artist Discussion

January 14, 2023, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Amerind Art Gallery, free with museum admission

Come to Amerind on January 14 to meet the artists behind Amerind’s exhibit Raíces (Roots). A panel of artists in the exhibition will be here to take your questions about their artistic vision and creations. Their exhibit is one of the most intensely personal, colorful, and evocative exhibits to be shown at Amerind.

The Raíces exhibition was curated in partnership with the artist collective Raíces Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop. These artists come from many different backgrounds, but all are rooted here in southern Arizona. Indigenous, Latino, African American artists, and others—all of them have come together to create a truly unique and amazing exhibit.

For over twenty-five years, Raíces Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop has brought together very diverse people from our community to help create a better understanding of our community’s cultures and customs through the arts. Don’t miss the chance to talk with these artists in front of their beautiful creations.

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk: The Art of Randy Kemp

Raven The Collector, by Randy Kemp

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

The Art of Randy Kemp (Choctaw/Muscogee-Creek and Euchee)

Saturday, January 7, 2022, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Join us as we welcome artist, storyteller, and flute player Randy Kemp for an online artist talk. A tribal member of the Choctaw/Muscogee-Creek and Euchee nations of Oklahoma, he will discuss his art and music. Kemp will also talk about his current Amerind exhibit “Transformation, Spirituality, and Humor.” The exhibit is a retrospective to the present that includes a series of paintings, mixed media, found objects, and printmaking processes.

Randy Kemp is an alumnus of the Katherine K. Herberger College of Arts at Arizona State University. Before coming to ASU, Kemp earned an Associate of Arts degree from the reputed Bacone Junior College. Kemp is a noted artist in the contemporary American Indian art world. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose body of work includes painting, printmaking, mixed media, installation, music, and performance. His work includes both traditional tribal life and contemporary works concerning American Indian issues, themes, and views. In the realm of music, he was selected to perform the prelude music for President Barack Obama at Arizona State University’s Graduation Ceremony Commencement, in Sun Devil Stadium. Kemp was also involved in a recording project with his daughter Rykelle Kemp entitled “Artificial Red,” which was a nominee for a Native American Music Award in the “Best Spoken Word” category. Kemp’s latest music project blends Native flute with Spanish guitar.

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Plein Air Art Demonstration at Amerind with the Sonoran Plein Air Painters

Coral Bean Boulders by Terri Gay

Plein Air Art Demonstration at Amerind with the Sonoran Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Art Demonstration at Amerind with the Sonoran Plein Air Painters

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:00 am

Talent and creativity will be in action at the Amerind Museum campus on Saturday, October 15. At 10:00 am join the Sonoran Plein Air Painters for a demonstration during a Paint Out. Watch artist Terri Gay as she soaks in the beauty of the Amerind Museum’s campus and explains her artistic process. After the demonstration, explore the Sonoran Plein Air Painters exhibit, “The PLEIN Truth,” on display in Amerind’s Art Gallery. Once the artists have finished their paintings, many will be included in a “wet paint sale,” in which you will be able to purchase the art created that morning.

Sonoran Plein Air Painters are a group of artists dedicated to plein air painting (the act of painting outdoors), inspired by the Sonoran Desert, friendship, learning, and sharing. The group is based in Tucson, holding regular paint outs, promoting education, and fellowship. Involved artists participate in various group shows throughout the year.

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk – The Art of Dwayne Manuel (O’odham)

Black and white photo of Dwayne Manuel wearing a fore arm cover with spikes and holing paint brushes with his hand

The Art of Dwayne Manuel (O'odham)

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

The Art of Dwayne Manuel (O’odham)

Saturday, June 25, 2022, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos

Dwayne Manuel is from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. He graduated from the infamous Desert Eagle Secondary School, located in Salt River, Arizona in 2002. Attending Scottsdale Community College briefly after high school, he would then go on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2010. Dwayne then attended the University of Arizona School of Art where he received a Master of Fine Arts in 2014. Manuel currently teaches painting and drawing at the Tohono O’odham Community College at the Sells, Arizona and Phoenix campuses. In his professional art career, Dwayne has collaborated and been commissioned by organizations such as Nike, Salt River Courts, The New Arizona Prize, The Cheyenne River Youth Project, Tucson Museum of Art, Mesa Arts Center, and the Children’s Museum Tucson.

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Free Online Artist Talk – Jewelry of the Southwest: Evolution of Southwest Jewelry-Design and Influences-Synopsis and Metaphors of the Past and Present with Duane Maktima (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)

Photo of Duane Maktima wearing a red shirt and metalsmithing apron

Jewelry of the Southwest: Evolution of Southwest Jewelry-Design and Influences-Synopsis and Metaphors of the Past and Present with Duane Maktima (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

Jewelry of the Southwest: Evolution of Southwest Jewelry-Design and Influences-Synopsis and Metaphors of the Past and Present with Duane Maktima (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)

Saturday, May 28, 2022, 11:00 am Arizona Time

Like most contemporary Puebloan Artisans, I live in two worlds. As a Designer Craftsman I have often wondered, what are the phenomenal influences and passions for both the craftsmen and consumer when it comes to the creation of Southwestern Native-influenced jewelry? This legacy has been passed on from time immemorial and holds significant purpose. Yet like other material objects, it can be exploited and become an industry.  As a contemporary Artist-Designer-Craftsman, I will share my perspective formed through my experiences and Puebloan heritage, exploring what this cultural art form represents to the Indigenous peoples of the Southwest. The “Indian Jewelry” look has seemed to become a typical “look,” a representational “given” of the Southwestern Native Peoples, and one of its most stereotypical art forms. In histories, it was something of unique spiritual value and purpose, both in trade and identity of the ancient peoples. During the presentation I will share my views on this subject, hoping to bring awareness and appreciation to this legacy that many Native Peoples who live in a Two World moment of time, hold as a spiritual gift and blessing. This progression through the evolution of materials, such as precious metals and stones, is the ultimate testimony that the “Creative Spirit of our Ancestors” lives on through our hands.  Most of all it is another testimony of Indigenous survival to sustain our integrity to be sovereign and culturally sound, in a world of which is moving too fast for its own good.

Duane Maktima is master jeweler-metalsmith who is a graduate of Northern Arizona University’s College of Creative Arts. Duane is an award winning jeweler with nearly 40 years as a working artist. In addition to selling in the best galleries, his pieces are held by several museums, including Amerind’s.

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

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: