Sunday, October 5, 2008

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is a living museum that features both artifacts and contemporary art of Native cultures. The museum’s overall mission is to educate the public about the heritage and the living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest. It was founded in 1929 by Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard to house their personal collection of art. Much of the archeological materials on display came from the La Ciudad Indian ruin purchased by Heard in 1926 and located in the heart of Phoenix.

The museum is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections and for its educational programs and festivals. The Spanish Market will take place in November and the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest will be in February the popular Indian Fair and Market will take place in March. Hopefully, I’ll get some picture from each of these events.
The Heard Museum is another Phoenix Point of Pride.


JM said...

I would love to visit that museum! I know so little about native americans and I have been allways fascinated by their arquitecture, amazing costumes and handicrafts.

David -- said...

The Heard Museum is indeed a treasured cultural asset not only for Phoenix, but the nation. Its Indian Market in the spring is outstanding. The exhibitors are several hundred of the top Native American artisans in the country. The selection of pottery, jewelry, paintings, kachinas, sculpture, rugs adn other textiles, etc. is unsurpassed. There is food and native American music and dances for entertainment in the Heard's outdoor ampitheater, all under the glorious Phoenix spring sun.

By the way, Sharon, I have been travelling overseas for the last several weeks and have not posted a comment on your site lately, but I would be remiss if I neglected to mention how superb our photos and commentary have been. Very informative and entertaining. Thank you.

Kate said...

The long row of arches makes a delightful pattern for your photo.

Gwyn said...

Greetings from Juneau, Alaska!
It makes me want to start planning our next vacation. It sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I love learning about native cultures. Thanks for sharing.:)

Lisa Wilson said...

What an awesome place!! The second photo seems to go on forever.

Laurie said...

Yet another reason to visit Phoenix! These shots are just lovely, Sharon. Don't you love archways?

The Renovator said...

Interesting architecture and many fascinating scenes of the city. I visited Phoenix about 10 years ago and stayed in Chandler.

Joy said...

Did it use to be someone's palatial home? Coz that's what it looks like :D

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