Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Members Only Sale is THIS Weekend!

The Heard Museum Members Sale is this weekend December 13-14!

Heard Museum Shop December Member's Shopping Weekend

Members save 20% on all non-sale or consignment items for two days. Plus, we are offering free UPS ground shipping on online orders of $200 or more! 

Get a head start on holiday shopping, or treat yourself to one-of-a-kind, hand made jewelry, baskets, pottery, rugs, folk, fine art and more.

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.

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.

Shop in store, or at our 24/7 marketplace, online. The sale starts online Friday at midnight and ends Sunday at midnight.  Our in-store hours are 9:30-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. 

 Happy shopping!

Monday, December 1, 2014


Bring on the holidays with super savings!

*Orders totalling $200 or more will receive 
FREE UPS domestic ground shipping
through December 17.

This offer is for online orders only.

Please note- we are old-fashioned :-)
You will not see your free shipping reflected when you check out. We manually remove the shipping when we process your order and take member discounts, etc.

Click here to shop now!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ornament Marketplace at the Heard

This year's signature ornament is by Alex Sanchez (Navajo)

Decorate your home for the holidays with wonderful Native-themed ornaments hand-crafted by American Indian artists from the Heard Museum Shops during this annual event! Choose from hundreds of ornaments in a variety of art forms for yourself or for unique holiday gifts.

Bring out-of-town friends and family to learn more about Native cultures while you shop. Get a jump-start on holiday shopping while avoiding the chaos of the mall. More than 20 talented Native artists have crafted ornaments featuring carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery and beads just for this event. Decorated wreaths, books and gifts made by Native artists will also be available for purchase. All of our ornaments are hand-made and quantities are limited so shop early for the best selection. Most ornaments are priced between $10 and $40.

Every year the Heard Shop commissions one of our artists to create a limited-edition of 20 ornaments in an exclusive design as our signature ornament. Each sterling silver ornament is signed and numbered by the artist and priced at $175 and are available in-store only.

This year’s signature ornament (pictured on the banner) is by Navajo silversmith Alex Sanchez. Sanchez’s work reflects his Southwestern heritage, crafting beautiful contemporary and traditional-style jewelry with petroglyph designs. His work often incorporates the horseshoe shape, which has become his hallmark.

The weekend’s offerings will also feature hand-made nativities by Pueblo and Navajo artists from the southwest and Huichol Indians and Mata Ortiz potters from Mexico.

The market will take place at our downtown Phoenix location 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.

Admission to the Heard Museum Shops is always free – and we never charge sales tax!

We have many wonderful ornaments to choose from. Here is a small sample!

Wintery hogan

Colorful beaded corn by Melanie Sainz (Hochunk)

Folk art flying pigs in every color

Folk art roosting chickens

Grandmother Kachina figure

For the drummer in your family


Hopi rattles- they really rattle!

Dawa (Sun) ornaments in colorful cord

Bundled babies by Linda Duran (Choctaw/Apache)

Hopi maiden by Pearl Joe (Navajo)

Apache doll ornament by Pearl Joe (Navajo)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Special Guests in Shop for Spanish Market!

The Heard Museum Shop is proud to present our special guests for the 2014 Spanish Market!

With art in every price range, Spanish Market offers buyers a wide selection of objects from different Hispanic traditions, including Santos, pottery, embroidery and weaving, furniture making, painting, printmaking, and silver and tinwork. Book signings take place in the museum’s Central Courtyard, where the Courtyard Café will offer a menu of festive and traditional foods.

The shop participates by inviting artists to sell inside the shop. This year those special guests will be: Mata Ortiz potter Lydia Quezada, jewelers Lawrence Baca and Michelle Tapia and Huichol art dealers Jesse Hendry and Judith Anderson.

 Lydia Quezada

Lydia Quezada is the youngest sister of the renowed Juan Quezada of Mata, Ortiz, Chihuahua. Her husband, Rito, is an expert at firing the incredible thin-walled pottery made so famous by Juan Quezada. Lydia Quenzada is credited for innovation in pottery, specifically for her contributions of black-on-black pottery. Quite a bit more rare and much more coveted is her white-clay pottery. The decoration is a signature design for this distinguished potter. It is the mirror image of the black on black designs, but here executed on a white background. Quezada's work has been in featured in many exhibitions all around the country.

Lawrence Baca

Lawrence Baca is a multi-talented, award winning jewelry designer, born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His design inspiration is defined by the strong Hispanic and Native American cultural influences. The common theme in all his work is a combination of Spanish Colonial Ecclesiastical with roots in the earliest phase of Native American old Pawn. Baca’s use of materials range from sterling silver to 24 karat gold. He also uses a wide variety of gems and stones to create one of a kind designs. There is no work like Lawrence Baca’s – the rugged splendor is pure joy, palpable. You simply feel lighter and happier in its presence. Collectors worldwide return to Santa Fe for his new works and people who see it for the first time are mesmerized by the depths of his heartfelt style.

Michelle Tapia

Michelle began making jewelry in 1992 for Denise and Samuel Wallace. Never having any formal art training, but always creative from a young age, she quickly learned silver and goldsmithing, lapidary, and the art of scrimshaw. When the Wallace’s moved to Hawaii, Michelle decided to continue with the small animal line she had already started to create, which she donated to animal organizations auctions in New Mexico. Her line has grew to include small and large devotional pieces called “Relicarios”, which are images of Catholic Saints, and Tibetan Buddhist Deities while studying Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy for 6 years,. “When Cats Dream” are limited edition pieces depict cats dreaming they are Mermaids, Butterflies, Fairies , dragonflies, Native American Princess‘s, Ballerinas etc. She has since added dogs to this line. “Los Muertas Bonitas” is a whimsical line of beautiful girly skulls, sinister and handsome boy skulls with a touch of humor. She also creates many other pieces that are inspired by animals, nature, love, and beauty and makes each of her designs by hand. She only uses fossilized walrus tusk or tagua nut, never elephant ivory, or fresh walrus tusk.

Huichol art from dealers Judith Anderson and Jesse Hendry

A young Huichol artist at work

The Huichol beaded art that is sold in our gift shop and will be shown as a special exhibit in the shop during Spanish Market is the result of a 25 year collaboration between two North Americans and various Huichol artists. Judith and Jesse have for years been supplying Huichol artists with special carvings and 42 colors of Czech glass seed beads that are four sizes smaller than those beads available in Mexico. Their stated goal is to help present a higher quality of Huichol art and to increase the public's appreciation for this beautiful art form thereby creating a broader international market so more Huichol artists can make a living and stay integrated with their native land and culture.

Albert Monreal Quihuis

In addition, Books & More will host Albert Monreal Quihuis, author of Isabella's Treasure and several more children's books, for a book signing both days of the market from 11.30am - 3.00pm. Albert is a Native Arizonan and draws from his Mexican heritage to write books that teach children about traditions, culture and history.

Isabella's Treasure by Albert Monreal Quihuis

The Market is free with a suggested donation of $10, which includes museum admission.

Event Details

Dates: November 8 – 9, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: Free

Location: Heard Museum, downtown Phoenix

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Signing October 25

In addition to our great shop sale going on this weekend as well as our new exhibit: Modern Spirit, The Art of George Morrison, Books & More is hosting Native American pottery and poet Max Early (Laguna) for poetry reading and a book signing for his new book, "Ears of Corn Listen."

Ears of Corn Listen book cover

In Ears of Corn: Listen, Native American potter and poet Max Early gracefully details both the everyday and the extraordinary moments of family and community life, work and art, sadness and celebration at the Laguna Pueblo of New Mexico. Within the four seasons—Ty’ee-Tra, Kushra-Tyee, Heyya-Ts’ee, and Kooka—the beauty of Early’s writing beckons the reader to accompany him on the journey between ancient and modern times. Including an historical Preface by the author, an Introduction by Simon J. Ortiz, and photographs of Early’s family and award-winning art, this debut poetry book is profound in its welcome and its teachings.

About the Author:

Max Early
Max Early (Laguna) was born into a tradition of potters and clay. He creates traditional pottery in order to help save the art of pottery making in Laguna Pueblo. When he began to focus on writing, he continued his passion for celebrating his family, culture, language, and the enchanting New Mexico landscape.
Honors and awards for Early in pottery include a Fellowship and a Lifetime Achievement Allan Houser Legacy Award from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts; a Native American Community Scholar Appointment: Office of Fellowships and Grants, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Judge’s Award in Sculpture; the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial–First in Effigies/Special Elkus Memorial Award; and the Santa Fe Indian Market-First in Traditional Pottery/Wedding Vases.

Early’s work appears in the permanent collections of the Dr. J. W. Wiggins Collection of Native American Art, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR; the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN; the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM; the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM; and the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego, CA. Early’s work also is shown at the Case Trading Post, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian; Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery; and the Adobe Gallery, all in Santa Fe, NM; at Bryan’s Gallery, Taos, NM; and the King Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ.

What: Poetry reading and book signing by Max Early, author of "Ears of Corn Listen"
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Heard Museum, Books & More
Time: 1pm- 3pm

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Annual Fall Sale is Here!

The Heard Museum Shops' Annual Fall Sale is Here!

This sale is one of two weekend sales a year, where members can save up to 20% and non-members can save up to 10%!*

Want to be a member? Add a membership when you make your purchase and receive the member savings right away!

Get a head start on holiday shopping, or treat yourself to one-of-a-kind, hand made jewelry, baskets, pottery, rugs, folk, fine art and more.  

Shop in store, or at our 24/7 marketplace, 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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Bring on the weekend with our TGIF Flash Sale 

from the Heard Museum Online Shop!

Get free UPS Ground shipping on all online orders of $200 or more, all day Friday, September 19th! The sale starts when the clock strikes midnight on Friday morning and ends exactly 24 hours later. 

Please note- we are old-fashioned :-)
You will not see your free shipping discount reflected when you check out. We manually remove the shipping when we process your order and take member discounts, etc.

This sale will be over in a flash so click here to shop now!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Heard Museum Shop 2015 Calendar is online!

The annual Heard Museum Calendar is online and in our shops! This lovely wall calendar features artwork selected from our permanent collection of approximately 39,000 works of art and ethnographic objects as well as library and archival resources. The museum's collection of fine art includes more than 3,600 pieces ranging from easel art and prints to sculpture and documents the 20th-century development of the American Indian Fine Art Movement including work by some of the finest historic and contemporary American Indian artists.

From Katsina dolls to storytellers to fabulous jewelry, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Give as a gift and keep one for yourself- you'll enjoy looking at beautiful Native art year 'round. Below is a compilation of the artwork featured in the calendar.

Click here to purchase your calendar today!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Heard Museum Online Shop Has Gift Cards!

The Heard Museum Online Shop now sells and accepts gift cards! 

The Heard Museum Shops gift card can be used in our physical shops or online and are a great option for holidays and special occasions. We currently have the amounts of $25-$100 (in increments of $25) online. If you would like to order a card with a different amount, just call us at 602-346-8190 and we'll be happy to take your order over the phone!

To purchase gift cards click HERE!

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Summer Sale is Here!

The Heard Museum Shops' Annual Summer Sale begins on July 1st!


Now is the time to stock up on one-of-a-kind works of art. We have something for everyone and for all budgets. From jewelry to baskets, folk art to Katsina dolls, come find the perfect addition to your collection! 

All of the items, within the sale, are marked down at least 20%, with some marked down as much as 40%! 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. Shop early for the best selection!

Shop online 24/7 (look for our SALE ITEMS page) or come down to see the selections in person. We look forward to seeing you!

Sale items are not eligible for further discount or return.

Click here to start shopping our Summer Sale now!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Father's Day is June 15!

For this Father's Day, show him you care with a gift as wonderful and unique as he is!

From handmade jewelry like belt buckles, bolo ties and cufflinks, to baskets, pottery, and more; you are sure to find the perfect gift for dad!

And now through June 15, order over $100 online and choose one of our Western National Parks books on Native Art! Each book is just under 50 pages with all color examples clearly explained.

Chose one of these great options, to give or to keep!

For hundreds of years, Hopi carvers have given expression to their ceremonial life through powerful, artistic sculptures known as katsina dolls. Colorful photography illustrates a sampling of the artistry associated with the details of individual katsina dolls. The book explains the evolution of technique, and touches on the exciting new directions modern Hopi artists are taking.

This guide to collectible Indian crafts features bright, clear photographs of work by Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Santo Domingo artists. Brief text details the meticulous tasks these artists perform to create a distinctively Southwestern style of wearable art.

Bright, clear photographs and concise descriptions of the collectible carvings of the Zuni people fill the pages of this guide. The badgers, bears, birds, and other creatures of the natural world, carved by Zuni artists for more than a millenium, are explained along with the relation to their living counterparts.

This guide describes and depicts the seventeen most common Navajo rug styles, and includes quotes by some of the finest weavers crafting rugs today. It also contains photos of rugs from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site.

This guide includes color photographs and full descriptions of the eighteen most collectible pottery styles of the Southwest. The concise and informative text is supplemented by quotes from well-known potters.

The last in the series of guides to Indian arts of the Southwest. This book covers the history of Indian beadwork as well as modern examples.

Here are some gift ideas we think Dad will love!

Silver and turquoise bolo tie by Larry Joe (Navajo)
Silver & Turquoise Bolo Tie by Larry Joe (Navajo)

Miniature Pottery Seed Pot by Wallace Nez (Navajo)
Miniature Pottery Seed Pot by Wallace Nez (Navajo)

Silver Overlay Belt Buckle by Trinidad Lucas (Hopi)
Silver Overlay Belt Buckle by Trinidad Lucas (Hopi)

Silver & Inlay Cufflinks by Albert Nells (Navajo)
Silver & Inlay Cufflinks by Albert Nells (Navajo)

Shop at our main location or 24 hours a day online.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Navajo Wedding Baskets

As in all cultures, weddings and the activities surrounding them are a very personal and preferential thing. This being said, some traditions are enduring, having been repeated time and time again. For the Navajo people, weddings have always been cause for celebration.  Within the Navajo culture, wedding baskets are symbolic and of great importance.

Coiled Medicine/ Wedding basket by Rose Johnson (Navajo)

It has been told, that the wedding basket was given to the Navajo people by the White Shell woman, while the ability to weave came from the Thunder.  The braided rim is believed to have come about when a Navajo woman fell asleep under a juniper tree; her unfinished basket in her lap.  It has been said that a small spring of the tree was tossed into her basket by the holy people, giving her the idea to finish the basket with a braided rim.    

Coiled Medicine/ Wedding basket by Natalie Edgewater (Navajo)

The Navajo Wedding basket is a coiled, woven basket made from willow, which is bundled together with stitching made from split willow or sumac. The typical coloring of the baskets are red, black, and white. Many of these colors come from natural dyes such as cochineal, bee plant or wild spinach. When the basket is in use, the opening or ‘spirit path’ faces to the east.

The design of the basket is deliberate and every bit holds significance. The white on the outside represents the outside world. The black on the outside embodies the rain clouds and the darkness, while the red pathway is for rainbows and sun rays.

The black on the inside represents the sacred mountains. There are four to six depicted, depending on the basket.  The scared mountains are as follows:

1.  Blanca Peak (Sisnaajiní) - EAST
2.  Mount Taylor (Tsoodził) - SOUTH 
3.  San Francisco Peaks (Dook’o’oosłiid) - WEST 
4.  Mount Hesperus (Dibé Nitsaa) - NORTH
5. El Huerfano (Dziłná’oodiłii) - DOORWAY
6.  Gobernador Knob (Ch’óol’í’í) - CHIMNEY
The white inside of the basket represents the Navajo people into the current fourth world.

Coiled Medicine/ Wedding basket by Ray Growler (Navajo)

The Navajo wedding basket is used in traditional wedding ceremonies.  One of the most common purposes is to serve corn meal as part of the ceremony. A mixture of corn meal (white to symbolize the male and yellow the female) are combined to represent a marriage bond.  The couple feed one another as a sign of their everlasting commitment to each other.  It is then passed around to the wedding guests, who partake in the symbolic sharing of corn meal. This ritual has been continue over the years and is still commonly practiced today.

A basket as rich in history, symbolism and value as these are considered one of the greatest legacies passed down through generations.  

Navajo Wedding Blessing

May you find the strength of an eagle’s wings,
And the courage and faith to soar to great heights,
And may you be granted the universal wisdom to
carry you there.


To view Navajo wedding baskets for purchase; click here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother’s Day is May 11!

This Mother's Day show her you care with a gift that is as beautiful and one-of-a-kind as she is.

With our huge selection of hand made jewelry, baskets, pottery, rugs, folk, fine art there is something for everyone!

And now, for a limited time, order $200 online and receive a complimentary copy of our signature American Indian music CD, “Have You Heard”, which features a special compilation of beautiful Native music.

Here are some things Mom might like:

Shop at our main location or 24 hours a day online.

Monday, April 7, 2014


The Heard Museum is excited to announce the 13th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace!

This event is the nation's largest gathering of Hopi Katsina doll carvers and is a must-see. Experienced and brand-new collectors are encouraged to attend the Marketplace, where they can meet established and emerging carvers. Both traditional and contemporary style dolls will be available for purchase from the artists directly. These carvers will be showing and selling their exquisite works of art and visitors can enjoy this, as well as musical performances, carving demonstrations and our featured Katsina doll raffle prize drawing.

The featured carver for this year's market is Gene Dawahoya (Hopi).  

Gene Dawahoya

Gene was born on Second Mesa on the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona. He is a member of the Bear Strap Clan and has been actively carving Katsinas for more than 30 years. He is the brother of noted Katsina doll carver Nuvadi Dawahoya. He is well known for his intricate attention to detail, often carving a doll out of one piece of cottonwood.

This year's featured doll is "Sikya-Hote” [below] by Gene Dawahoya. It is valued at $2,400 and one lucky ticket holder will win it at this year's raffle drawing. In addition, the winner will also receive an exclusive event poster signed by all of the attending artists!

"Sikya-Hote" by Gene Dawahoya: Photo by Craig Smith

Raffle tickets are $2 each, or six for $10. The drawing is at 3 p.m. on the day of the event and the winner need not be present to win.  Tickets may be purchased at the Marketplace and at the Heard Museum Shop.

There will also be performances by the Hopi group “Thunderboy” at 11:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m.

Thunderboy preforming at last year's Katsina Doll Marketplace: Photo by Jewel Clark

What: Heard Museum Shops 13th Katsina Doll Marketplace
Where: Steele Auditorium at the Heard Museum in Phoenix
When: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 10am- 4pm

Enjoy musical performances, carving demonstrations and a drawing for the featured Katsina doll. Admission to the Marketplace is free.