Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NEW at the Heard Museum Shop!

Many museums have gift shops, however, the Heard Museum offers a retail experience unlike any other. These shops further promote American Indian cultural expression by providing a shopping and educational experience venue.

The Heard Museum Shops offers a vast variety of art, books, trinkets and other items. Our student visitors have found fantastic finds within their “allowance” budgets while new and established collectors enjoy adding museum worthy additions to their collections. 

There certainly is something beautiful here for everyone and we are continually adding items to our store.  

We are now spotlighting new shop items here on the blog - 
Please check back often! 

Here are some of the newest additions! 

For more information email at: 
or call shop manager, Jon Daly at: 602-252-8344

Pottery by: Garret Maho
Because we purchase handmade, one-of-a-kind art, quantities are very limited and cannot be guaranteed. 

Please reference these item numbers when inquiring. 

1. $700  (51159263)
2. $700  (51161072)
3. $700  (51161131)
4. $650  (51161073)
5. $750  (51161133)
6. $650  (51161132)
7. $750  (51161071)
8. $600  (51161134)
9. $650  (51161135)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Don't Miss the Shop SALE!

Find that perfect gift for family, friends or just yourself at the Heard Museum Shops Annual Spring Sale. 

This twice-yearly shopping event offers discounts on the finest authentic American Indian artwork.

Non-members will save 10% on most items* from katsina dolls and jewelry to baskets, textiles, pottery and fine art. Heard Museum members save an additional 10% on purchases – for a total of 20% in savings.

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, April 22 at midnight. It ends Sunday, April 24, at midnight.  Shop hours are 9:30 a.m to 5 a.m on Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

We only carry one-of-kind pieces so be sure to stop or click-in sooner than later!

*Previously discounted items are ineligible for additional discounts.

 Happy shopping!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Katsina Doll Marketplace: A Gathering of Carvers

The nation’s largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers will show and sell their unique creations at the Katsina Doll Marketplace: A Gathering of Carvers, in the Steele Auditorium. Enjoy musical performances, carving demonstrations and a drawing for the featured katsina doll.
Admission to the Marketplace is free; museum admission additional.
Hopi carvers will show and sell their carvings in both traditional and contemporary styles. As a new or experienced collector, attend the Marketplace to meet the best established and emerging carvers.

Signature Katsina

The 2016 featured doll (pictured at right) is a “Half Clown and Half Corn” katsina doll by Charles Chimerica (Hopi), whose estimated value is $1,500. It will be given away to the winner of a drawing to take place on the day of the event.

Drawing Tickets

Tickets for the drawing are available now in the Shop for $2 each or 6 for $10. You may also able to order tickets by calling the main shop at 602.252.8344. You do not need to be present to win!

Event Details

Saturday, April 9
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Central Courtyard, Freeport-McMoRan Plaza, Steele Auditorium

Friday, March 4, 2016

Indian Fair and Market is HERE!

The Heard Museum Shops are excited to host some BIG names at Indian Fair and Market!

From the extensive list of renowned authors who will be at Books & More to the legendary artists and experts set to visit the Heard Museum Shop- this Indian Fair and Market is not one to miss!  

During fair, enter the Heard Museum Shop to experience the opportunity of a lifetime, as you mingle with some of the highest regarded American Indian artists and art experts.  Ask questions, purchase directly from the artists, and immerse yourself in the beautiful art and culture.

Cross the courtyard to Books & More, where you will meet dozens of your favorite authors who will be signing books and speaking with patrons.

The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market is a world-acclaimed cultural event that draws nearly 15,000 visitors.  If you are among these visitors, be sure to stop into the Heard Museum Shops so as not to miss out! As always, we are tax free and all proceeds support the museum’s mission.

This event is THIS weekend, March 5-6th!

Monday, January 25, 2016


This Valentine's Day, get your sweetheart something sure to WOW them. 

At the Heard Museum Shops, we have beautiful, unique jewelry for men and women. From our huge selection of belt buckles, bolo ties, and cuff-links, to our large offering of earrings, bracelets and pendants – you are sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone.  We also have a huge variety of art in other mediums, for a less conventional way of saying, "I love you." 

Your Valentine is one-of-a-kind, why give a gift that isn't? 

And now receive FREE shipping, for a limited time!

From now until February 12th, the online shop is offering free ground shipping on orders over $250 and free domestic 3-day shipping for orders over $350.  Just write, "Vday" in the order notes section, to get the discount.   

With a huge selection and free shipping, celebrating your Valentine has never been easier.  

Shop Now!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Short Story by Folk Artist Peter Ray James (Navajo)

My Cultural Heritage and Identity

By Peter Ray James 

My Dad once told me, “You are not poor, and you are not abandoned.” I remember those words as if the coldest water from my Grandmother’s well splashed all over me. I was eleven years old at that time. All five feet of me plus a big heart wanting to be a Navajo! You see, I asked my Dad if I could attend an Indian Boarding School for my freshman year. As a child, I was hungry to identify my hands, my feet, and my life to claim what my heart desired -- a yearning to be a strong American Indian. Perhaps a leader!

Second Generation
I was brown, intelligent, skinny, and fast! I was brown because my parents equipped me with my ancestor’s stories of how I was formed from mud and air. I was intelligent because I had three older sisters and two older brothers who never read their books from high school. They often told me to do this or do that, and I figured reading their books would be part of my chores. So I read their books. I was skinny because I got up early in the morning to chase puppies in spring, lambs in the summer, school buses in the fall, and snowflakes in the winter. But my tongue and heart were as far apart from each other as east to west. And because of this, I could not deliver any message in Navajo -- either at home, school, or to my friends.
As I grew older, my hands and feet were growing in every direction.  The first thing my fingers wanted to do was to shape them on a girl’s hand. You know, “puppy love.”  However, my Dad strengthened my hand with community service in the spring, a wheel barrow in the summer, an ax for the fall, and working gloves for the winter. Secondly, my feet wanted to out run all those Indians with braids at the boarding school. I envisioned myself running effortlessly with my Chuck Taylor canvas basketball shoes. You know the one with a big star on the right shoe. Fortunately, out of wisdom, Dad laced them with donated church work boots. You know the kind I’m referring to: the ones that feel as though someone died in them, and someone just decided to donate or give them to you. I sure needed those hard shoes that winter because they were useful for kicking up dead tree limbs hidden beneath the snow when firewood was considered necessary. Finally, Dad also imparted his love upon my hands and feet with his understanding -- to position my life in the shadow of his words.

Third Generation
Several years later, one June morning, the pressing heat of summer embraced my newborn son. He was born in an Indian hospital where cultural heritage and identity was one I couldn’t understand. His little fingers, reflexively strong, seem to grab for things I could not even see. His feet, so soft, wrinkled from mom’s love, reached out to society unprepared, nevertheless secure. I still couldn’t understand, I let him grab my thumb. I suddenly understood. I touched his footprints, and I was refreshed with Dad’s and Grandma’s love. Now, I was really am beginning to understand. I begin to speak the waters from Grandmother’s well into his life. I began to stir the shadows of my Dad’s words, while gently saying unceremoniously, “You will never be poor, and we will never abandon you.” I began to let words shape his fingerprints with wisdom I will get to see. I spoke words from my Dad’s shadow that forged my baby’s footprints with understanding that my Son will see.
Now, I am really beginning to understand, “I am a Dad”. Grandmother’s well is poured into my son’s heart; one message with two rivers: wisdom and understanding. I discovered that my cultural heritage and identity was love. To my delight, my son squiggled, squirmed, cried, shivered and didn’t even know me yet, but I know he is brown, intelligent, and fast with his breathing. Love will shadow his generation. I am proud. He will be proud. We will follow before we lead people to love one another. Because love will penetrate all people, all schools, all wisdom and all understanding; and all languages as far as the east to the west.
UnPublished work © 2016 Peter Ray James, Third Day Studio. REPRODUCED HERE WITH PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR. 

Find some of Peter Ray James's art:  HERE!