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Collage of two photographs, one of Christopher Black holding a basket and the other of the Yellow House Indian Dance group.
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Holidays at the Heard

A Southwestern tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a must-see for your family, friends and out-of-town guests, starting Saturday, Dec. 26, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.

Visitors can experience American Indian music and dance performances including crowd favorites like hoop dancing and fancy dancing. Also, enjoy delicious fry bread and fry bread tacos from White Eyes Fry Bread every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., except Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, when the hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Music and dance performances are twice daily at 12:30 and 2 p.m. in the Steele Auditorium, and artist demonstrations are each day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium of the HOME: Native People in the Southwest exhibit.

On Dec. 27-29, visitors can observe an exhibit in development! From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Gallery, artists Klee Benally, Michael Teller Ornelas, Darylene Martin and Anthony “Thosh” Collins will work with their student artists creating pieces for the upcoming exhibit Confluence: Inter-generational Collaborations.

Visitors can also enjoy 12 exhibit galleries including  HOME as well as two exhibits that feature hands-on craft activities and artwork that are perfect for families.

Visitors can also browse items in the Museum Shop and Books & More. Have lunch at the Courtyard Café, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day during Holidays at the Heard.

This event is free to non-museum members with museum admission.

Special admission offer for visiting college football fans:

Anyone arriving at the museum during Holidays at the Heard and through Bowl Game season, including the BCS National Championship (Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 12, 2016), wearing a jersey (not a T-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or polo shirt; it has to be a jersey) from one of the six college football teams in the Valley to play those weeks gets 2-for-1 adult admission into the museum and 10% off most items in the Museum Shops that day.

Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame, Ohio State.

Cactus Bowl: Arizona State, West Virginia.

BCS National Championship: Alabama, Clemson.

(The fine print: Already reduced merchandise is not included in the Shop discount. May not be used with any other discount, including AAA, the Canadian Traveller or Visit Scottsdale offer, Culture Pass, etc. Offer ends Sunday, Jan. 12, 2016.)

Performance/artist demonstration schedule

Performances in the Steele Auditorium 12:30  and 2 p.m. Artist demonstrations each day of Holidays at the Heard 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Confluence creation sessions on Dec. 27, 28 and 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Dec. 26 Performers: YellowBird Indian Dancers, a family group that has traveled around the world sharing Native culture and heritage. Artist demonstrators: Jeanette Chimerica (Hopi) basketry, Lane Jensen (Navajo/Maricopa) beadwork.
  • Sunday, Dec. 27 Performers: Hopi Dance Group, led by Dwight Mase, shares social dances of the Hopi culture. Artist demonstrators: Yolanda Hart Stevens (Maricopa-style beadwork), Daisy Simms (Colorado River-style beadwork). Confluence creation session in Lincoln Gallery.
  • Monday, Dec. 28 Performer: Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), above right, world famous hoop dancer and cultural performer. Artist demonstrators: basket weavers Christopher and Kelvin Black (Navajo). Confluence creation session in Lincoln Gallery.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 29 —  Performers: Yellow House Indian Dancers, led by Lane Jensen (Navajo/Maricopa) and including World Teen Hoop Dance Champion Tyrese Jensen and other Jensen family members. Artist demonstrators: Eric Manuelito (Navajo), moccasin making; LaDawn Yazzie (Navajo), beadwork. Confluence creation session in Lincoln Gallery.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 30 Performer: Michael Heralda, known for his interactive performance, shares “Aztec Stories” in words and music. Artist demonstrators: Marilou Schultz (Navajo), textile weaving; Lucille Maho (Hopi), pottery.
  • Thursday, Dec. 31 Performers: Dinetah Navajo Dancers,  a popular group offering visitors a sample of Navajo dance and culture. Artist demonstrators: Marilou Schultz (Navajo), textile weaving; Anthony Belvado, one of the few artists who creates the legendary Apache fiddle.

Derrick Suwaima Davis, former world-champion hoop dancer, performed at a recent Holidays at the Heard.

Event Details

December 26 – 31, 2015
Saturday – Thursday

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday to Thursday:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free with museum admission

Steele Auditorium

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