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Left: Basket weaving demonstration. Right: Yellowhouse Indian Dancers will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

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.

Music and dance performances are twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (except 12:30 and 2 p.m. on Sunday) 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. 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.

SPECIAL ADMISSION OFFER FOR VISITING COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS: Anyone arriving at the museum during Holidays at the Heard (plus Jan. 1-3) wearing a jersey (not a T-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or polo shirt; it has to be a jersey) from one of the four college football teams in the Valley to play that week gets 2-for-1 adult admission into the museum and 10% off most items in the Museum Shops that day. Already reduced merchandise is not included. May not be used with any other discount. Offer ends Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.)

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

Performance/artist demonstration schedule

Performances in the Steele Auditorium 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (except 12:30  and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27.). Artist demonstrations each day of Holidays at the Heard 11 a.m. to 3 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).
  • Monday, Dec. 28 Performer: Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), above right, world famous hoop dancer and cultural performer. Artist demonstrators: Christopher and Kevin Black (Navajo), of a family of acclaimed basket weavers.
  • 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.
  • 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
Saturday – Thursday

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday to Thursday:
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free with museum admission

Steele Auditorium

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