Friday, December 13, 2013

December Members Only Sale!

The Heard Museum Members Sale is this weekend December 14-15 and members will receive 20% on most items in our shops- Main, Books & More, North and online!

This year we have also partnered with the Phoenix Art Museum and SCOMA and those members will receive 10% off purchases with a valid membership ID (in store only).

Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts that your special someone won't find anywhere else no matter what their interest: jewelry, baskets, Kachina dolls, rugs or pottery.

If you aren't already a member, not to worry. You can  include a membership with your online order or in the store at the register. And when you purchase a membership your discount and other benefits are immediate- no waiting period.

Shop online 24/7 or come down to see the selections in person. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ornament Market Starts November 28!

The Heard Museum Shop 5th Annual Ornament Market will start November 28- Thanksgiving day!

Decorate your home for the holidays with wonderful Native-themed ornaments hand-crafted by American Indian artists from the Heard Museum Shops during this fifth annual event! Choose from hundreds of ornaments in a variety of styles, media and colors for yourself or for unique holiday gifts. There are ornaments for every budget!

All of our ornaments are hand made and quantities are limited so shop early for the best selection.

This year's limited edition signature ornament (pictured at left) was created by silversmith Howard Sice (Laguna/ Hopi Pueblo). Envisioned as a Hopi maiden, the three dimensional sterling silver ornament has been hand engraved with many symbols of Hopi culture.

The numbered edition of just 20 ornaments is priced at $175 each.

The market will take place at our Main and North locations and online. Ornaments will be viewable online starting November 28 when the market starts in the stores and will be available through December 25 and while supplies last. 

As always there is no admission to visit the shops!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Fall Sale is this Weekend!

The Heard Museum hosts 2 weekend sales a year where members can save up to 20% and non-members can save up to 10% on most purchases.*

 Not a member? Not a problem! Add a membership when you make your purchase and receive the member savings right away!

Find unique, one-of-a-kind, hand made jewelry, baskets, pottery, rugs, folk, fine art and more that you won't see anywhere else.

Shop at our main location, our north location or 24 hours a day online. The sale starts Friday and ends Sunday so don't wait!

Web prices are pre-sale prices. And remember, you won't see your discount reflected at checkout. We process every order by hand so we take your discount then. Happy shopping!

*Already discounted items and consignment items are not eligible.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Our Annual Summer Sale Starts July 1!

The Heard Museum Shops Summer Sale is here! We have a wonderful selection of items from jewelry and Kachina dolls to baskets and pottery all marked down to clear our shelves in preparation for new art work in the fall. The items that are on sale are not damaged or "seconds". They are simply items that have been with us for a while and we need to find them new homes to make room for the new work our artists will be bringing in at the end of the summer. All of the items are marked down at least 25% off the retail price and some are marked down as much as 65%! These are truly beautiful, unique pieces that will be treasured for years to come.

The sale starts July 1 and lasts until the items are gone.
Click here to start shopping our Summer Sale now!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Just in time for your Independence Day festivities

Decorate for July 4 with handmade examples our nation's flag! Arriving today were these great pillows and coasters made by Zapotec tribe weavers from Mexico out of sturdy wool and cotton. Keeping up is a patriotic poultry sculpture by Navajo folk artist Edith John.

Pillow: $75
Coasters (set of 4): $22
Folk Art Chicken: $30

Call the shop at 602-346-8190 or 602-252-8344 to order. Supplies are very limited!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lynn Bullock, Manager of Books and More

Books and More

Lynn Bullock is the guiding force behind our wonderful bookstore Books & More. Here is a little bit about her background and some of her recommendations for engaging summer reading.

About Lynn:
Lynn was born in Arlington, Virginia and grew up in Syracuse, New York. She returned to the Washington, DC area to attend George Washington University where she earned a B.A. in American Literature.

Lynn then spent the next 23 years in Washington, working for both the National Gallery of Art as a supervisor in their shop operations and for the Smithsonian, where she first managed the bookstore in the Museum of American History and then went on to become a buyer for Smithsonian Museum Shops.

She moved to Phoenix in 1991 after accepting the position of Bookstore Manager for the Heard Museum. Lynn has spent over twenty-one years building the book selection now found in the Heard’s Books & More, which opened in its new space in 2011.

Lynn's Book Picks for Spring/ Summer:

“1493” by Charles Mann
The “sequel” to Mann’s book “1491” depicts in detail the changes to both the Americas and the “old world” as a result of European contact. Biological, anthropological, ecological and economic changes, both bad and good, on BOTH sides of the Atlantic are discussed in this engaging narrative.

“A Perfect Red” by Amy Butler Greenfield
The truly epic story of cochineal, a brilliant red dye derived from the crushed skeletons of a tiny and very picky insect that only thrives on one particular species of cactus native to Mexico. Europeans went to dramatic, devious and sometimes ridiculous lengths in an attempt to bring cochineal to the elite of their societies; but the insects foiled them at almost every turn.

“Butterfly Moon” by Anita Endrezze
Beautifully written stories by an author who blends elements of her Yaqui and European ancestry with great skill. Elements of both folk tales and stories of contemporary life, sometimes with a bit of a sci-fi twist, combine to make great reading.

“The New Taste of Chocolate” by Maricel Presilla
This book combines the cultural and natural history of chocolate with great recipes for a winning combination.
---Call the shop at 602-251-0258 to order this book

“Desert Trader” by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis
The fascinating story of Goldie Tracy Richmond, who, with her husband, opened Tracy’s Trading Post on the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation in 1932. Although it was a hard life on the reservation, Goldie became a true friend and advocate for her Tohono O’Odham neighbors, both selling their baskets and other crafts in her trading post and finding outlets for them in Eastern markets. Goldie was also an artist herself. As a self-taught quilter, she created beautiful and amazingly detailed quilts depicting the plants, animals and people who surrounded her on the reservation.
---Call the shop at
602-251-0258 to order this book

“Southwest Art Defined” by Margaret Moore Booker
An invaluable reference book on Southwestern Native American and Hispanic art terms. Ever wonder exactly what a naja or a ketoh is or what the meaning of a fetish bundle might be? You’ll find the answer here.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Heard Museum Has A Signature CD!

Have You Heard Signature Museum CD

The Heard Museum, in partnership with Canyon Records has created a signature CD! This distinctive compilation of music provides a musical experience that reflects the diversity of cultures and expressions of Native people. This album demonstrates the Heard Museum's commitment to collect, preserve and present artists experiences in first-person voices.

Featured Artists/ Groups:
  • R. Carlos Nakai
  • Will Clipman
  • William Eaton
  • Anthony Wakeman and Aaron White
  • Radmilla Cody with Herman Cody
  • Tony Duncan
  • Joanne Shenandoah
  • Coyote Jump
  • LeeAnn Brady
  • Estun-Bah
  • Fawn Wood
  • Burning Sky
  • Robert Tree Cody
  • A. Paul Ortega
  • Keola Beamer
This exclusive CD is currently available in the shops and online in our Signature Items Category.
Retail is $15.00.
Special bonus: the Heard Museum Cafe's signature Posole recipe included inside!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Katsina Market 2013

The Heard Museum Katsina Market was held Saturday April 13. We had wonderful attendance by both carvers and the public. 127 carvers came from all over Arizona to show their art. Here are some highlights from the show.

Signature Katsina doll by Manfred Susunkewa (Hopi)
 The signature Katsina doll was carved by Manfred Susunkewa who is credited with reviving old style carving in the 1970's. This White Ogre was raffled off as part of the show.

Mr. Susunkewa's booth was mobbed with people the entire show.

Steele auditorium was packed!

As were the side halls

There was a strong contingent of young carvers as well as more established artists

Buddy Tubinaghtewa

Dino Patterson

Eric Kayquaptewa

Gerry Quotskuyva

Merwin Bilagody

Willis Kewanwytewa

Wilmer Kaye

Stewart Dukepoo

Michael Kahe

We were also honored with several traditional dance performances led by carver and traditional singer Ryon Polequaptewa.

This image was taken during the first performance

Second performance begins as the singers walk on

The dancers in the middle of the performance

 Thanks to all our carvers and performers for making this year a wonderful time!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Spring Shop Sale is This Weekend!

It is time for the twice a year shop sale!

Members save 20% and non-members save 10% on all non-sale and non-consignments items this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 5-7. You can shop at our north store, our main stores and online!

*Berlin Gallery and consignment/ sale items are not eligible for further discount.

Please note if you shop online you won't see a discount at checkout. Not to worry- we take your discount when we process your order! If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to call or email.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Katsina Doll Facts

There is much curiosity and miss-information about Hopi Katsina dolls. The Heard Museum's 2010 exhibition "Katsina Dolls: 100 Years of Carving"sought to provide greater clarity on the artform as well as showcase some of the most impressive and important carvers and styles as the form has progressed through the 20th Century. The museum website has a wonderful virtual exhibit of the past show and the information they gathered to present with it bears re-posting here, particularly since we will be hosting the Katsina Market in a couple of weeks. If you would like to view the exhibit and read more, please click here.

Traditionally, katsina dolls are used as teaching tools. They are the carved representations of the Katsinam, the spirit messengers of the universe. The Katsinam come to Hopi in the form of clouds, which bear life-giving rain. The Katsinam appear in physical form in Hopi villages between the winter solstice and the beginning of the monsoon season in July. Different Katsinam represent different aspects of life; for example, the Soyoko Katsinam help teach children proper behavior. Misbehaving children are threatened with being given to the Soyoko, a threat that most often instills a great desire on the part of the child to correct his or her behavior!
The dolls are given to Hopi girls, beginning in infancy, to help them learn about their responsibilities as women in the community. The dolls are carved by initiated Hopi men using cottonwood roots; in earlier days, all katsina dolls were colored with natural dyes, which made them non-toxic for a teething baby to handle. The dolls created for the open market, however, sport modern dyes and paints.
While both the deeper meaning of a katsina doll and the material from which is carved - the root of the cottonwood tree - is unchanged through the centuries, carvers have transformed the outward representation of a katsina doll over time. Over the years, as more non-Hopi collectors became enamored with katsina dolls, and as power tools like Dremel rotary tools became available, Hopi katsina doll carvers also became more creative. The formerly flat doll carvings are now full-figured, with lifelike movement, brighter colors and elaborate regalia. Some contemporary carvers make the cottonwood root from which the dolls are carved seem to move as if it is the drape of a robe or a rain sash. Another facet of katsina doll carving is that young carvers like Ryon Polequaptewa are reviving the carving of more traditional dolls. Some of Polequaptewa's dolls will be on display during the exhibition.

Artistic Approaches
At present time, there are roughly three approaches artists take to creating a figure. One approach is realism and action, representing a figure as it would look and move in ceremony. This approach has been greatly aided by the tools and materials developed since the 1970s. Another approach, begun in the mid-1980s, is to represent the Katsinam as carvers did in the early 1900s but with the contemporary carver’s individual style. The third approach is to carve not an actual katsina doll but a sculptural figure representing that represents the Katsina and may tell a story.
Like the changing nature of katsina doll carving, the Heard’s collections come from many different sources and eras. The older collection dates as far back as the early 1900s and contains pieces from the Fred Harvey Company Collection. The company acquired katsina dolls through three major sources including C.L. Owen, an anthropologist with the Field Museum in Chicago. The Heard also has items from five other collections in its possession, including that of Sen. Barry Goldwater. The famous Goldwater Katsina Doll Collection bridges the early years of the 20th century and reaches into the mid-century years, as does the Joann Phillips Collection, which is rich in mid-20th century carvings.
Selections from these older collections join the more contemporary carvings of the Sid and Ruth Schultz collection to create a visual history of katsina doll carving. The Schultz collection incorporates the best of recent carvings by artists who fully explore the use of modern carving tools and many distinctive treatments.
However, even though katsina dolls created for the public have evolved into more of an artform, the ancient spirituality of the katsina religion still endures and is nurtured in Hopi communities. The ardor of collectors for the dolls that have been used to teach proper behavior and what it means to be a Hopi for millennia also endures.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale

Art enthusiasts are invited to attend Heard Museum North Scottsdale’s Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale, a display of the distinguished Mexican pottery handmade by potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. 

The art exhibition will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Heard North, 32633 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The weekend art show will feature premier Mata Ortiz pots, Zapotec weavings and Oaxacan wood carvings by Jacobo Ángeles. 

The select pottery will be priced from $100 to $900. 

Mata Ortiz pottery, named for the small town in Chihuahua, Mexico, in which it is made, is an inspired recreation of ancient pottery found near archeological sites in Casas Grandes, Mexico. Damian Quezada, nephew of the art movement’s founder Juan Quezada, and Jorge Quintana, a fellow master of Mata Ortiz pottery, will be present at the Scottsdale exhibition. 

Juan Quezada revived the centuries-old pottery style in the 1970s with his own modern twist. According to, he incorporated the contemporary Mimbres designs of the Southwest and Native American cultures to the ceramic pieces and Mata Ortiz pottery was born. The intricately designed pots require an intensive process, with each artist digging the clay, molding the coils, painting the design and then firing the piece in the same method that Mexican artists have used for hundreds of years.

Pottery by Damian Quezada

According to a Sept. 1, 2008, article in by Alvin Starkman, the wooden animal carvings of Jacobo Ángeles have been featured in exhibits at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art, the Smithsonian, and other art galleries across the globe. The animals of all shapes and sizes are carved from the wood of copal trees by Ángeles and then painted in bright, vivid colors by his wife Maria, Starkman wrote. The colorful designs are inspired by the visuals of ancient Zapotec art and modern Mata Ortiz pottery, he said. Modern Zapotec weavings will also be on display at the art show.

Carving by Jacopo and Maria Angeles

What: Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday- March 15-17, 2013
Times: Fri/ Sat: 10am- 4pm, Sun: 11am-4pm
Where: Heard North
32633 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale,AZ 85262

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Denise Wallace, Inuit Art and More for Indian Market!

The Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market is March 2-3 and not only will there be a lot going on around the grounds, the shop will be busy as well!

We are very excited to announce that Denise Wallace (Aleut) will be joining us in the shop this year for Indian Market! In addition, we will have a very special display of Inuit art for sale courtesy of Long Ago and Far Away who will be coming all the way from Vermont for the show. We will also have Terry Dewald back with his fabulous baskets, and vintage American Indian jewelry from Nancy Rose, owner of "The Good Stuff- Vintage America". Books and More will be hosting a wonderful group of authors as well.

All of our special guests will be selling their work in the shop for the Best of Show reception Friday night from 5.30- 9pm. Denise's daughter Dawn will also be selling her work in the shop that night. Special tickets for Best of Show are required for the evening. To purchase tickets for Best of Show and the fair, please visit the main museum website here.

Denise Wallace (Aleut) was born in 1957 in Seattle, Washington. She and her husband Samuel made jewelry together from 1982 until his death in April of 2010. The Wallaces moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1977 so Dawn could attend the Institute of American Indian Arts. After she graduated in 1982, they opened a jewelry studio together where they made work based on the imagery and legends of Denise’s Aleut heritage. They moved to Hawaii in 1999 where Denise and her family live today. Denise says of her work, “I hope to create pieces that speak to people… pieces that have a life of their own and become part of the world. I have always wanted the pieces to tell a story about our land, our people and some small song or story about the world we live in.”

Jewelry by Denise Wallace

Jewelry by Denise Wallace
Jewelry by Denise Wallace

Jewelry by Denise Wallace

This year, we are thrilled to be offering for sale ART FROM THE ARCTIC, a selection of unique Canadian Inuit Sculpture from Nunavut, Canada which will be featured within the Museum Gift Shop during the event. We would like to introduce you to the entire range of sculptural forms created by the Canadian Inuit, have you meet famed Inuit artist Igah Hainnu who will be onsite, and learn more about the Canadian Arctic from Tom Chapman, General Manager and Senior Inuit Art Advisor for the Nunavut Development Corporation. Obviously, this will be a wonderful time to start a new collection or add to an existing one.

We are pleased to present this show which is co-sponsored by the Nunavut Development Corporation, the Nunavut Arts & Crafts Association and the Heard Museum. 

 Terry Dewald is a member of the ATADA (Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association) and an expert in antique baskets. His collection is not to be missed for any collector of fine baskets. His specialties include: historic southwest and California basketry, historic Navajo blankets and rugs, Kachina dolls, Navajo bracelets, contemporary Tohono O'odham and Apache basketry.

Terry and his baskets at our 2011 Market

And last but not least, here is the author line-up for Books and More!



Teresa Bitler: “Backroads and Byways of Indian Country”
Margaret Moore Booker: “Southwest Art Defined”
Patrick Grady: “Out of the Ruins”

Laura Tohe: “Code Talker Stories”
S.D. Nelson: “Buffalo Bird Girl” 
Carolyn O’Bagy Davis: “Desert Trader”
Wayne Ranney: “Carving Grand Canyon”

Carolina Butler: “Oral History of the Yavapai”
Edwin Wade & Allan Cooke: “Canvas of Clay”
Paula Baxter: “Southwestern Indian Rings”, etc.


Edwin Wade & Allan Cooke: “Canvas of Clay”
Margaret Moore Booker: “Southwest Art Defined”
Kitty Leaken & Suzanne Deats: “Contemporary Native American Artists”
Bonus: the following artists from the book will sign on a rotating basis:
Jody Naranjo
Ed Archie NoiseCat
Jhane Myers NoiseCat
Fritz Casuse
Upton Ethelbah, Jr.
Joe & Althea Cajero
Penny Singer
Richard Aitson
Rhett Lynch

Laura Tohe: “Code Talker Stories”
Janet Taylor: “Healthy Southwest Table”