Prepare for the Fair Lecture Series

In keeping with this year’s fair theme; Textiles and Weaving, we are excited to offer a series of four lectures and an action-packed demonstration focused on the extensive world of Native American textiles. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from our outstanding line up of speakers who will share their art, passion, and research.
Dates and times: Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 (lectures: 9:30 a.m. - to 12:30 p.m.; artist demonstrations Feb 9 only, 1 to 3 p.m.)
Fees: Four sessions including the afternoon demonstration is $45.00.

If you experience any issues using our secure checkout, you can contact the Course Facilitator, Cozette Matthews at (480) 614-5626 or and register with her directly.  Thank you!


"The Threads That Bind"

February 2, 2017
  • Ann Lane Hedlund: retired professor of Anthropology and curator of Ethnology at the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus. She is the former director of the Gloria F Ross Tapesty program at the University and author of the book Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century: Kin, Community and Collectors.
  • Marlowe Katoney (Navajo/Dine): painter and award winning weaver known for his imaginative contemporary designs. He is the 2015 recipient of the Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the Heard museum.

"Weave! Dye! Design!"

February 9, 2017
  • Barbara Teller Ornelas (Navajo/Dine): 5th generation Master Navajo weaver who specializes in Two Grey Hills style pieces.  She teaches Navajo weaving workshops at Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Native American Arts program and is a 2015 Heard Museum Fair First Place award winner.
  • Michael Teller Ornelas (Navajo/Dine): 6th generation Navajo weaver was a “mentor” artist on site at the Heard Museum for the Confluence: Intergenerational Collaborations exhibit.  He has a degree in computer science from the University of Arizona and has worked on compiling a database of Navajo weavings.
  • Roy Kady (Navajo/Dine):  weaver, fiber artist, and owner of a flock of rare Navajo-Churro sheep and angora goats, works with at-risk youth, teaches culture classes at a community elementary school and has taught weaving at the Dine College Shiprock campus.  In 2016 he provided Heard Guild travelers with an exciting dyeing and weaving demonstration.

Afternoon Demonstration 1:00 to 3:00pm

  • Roy Kady (Navajo/Dine):  Instructor: “Weaving outside the margin”
  •  Zefren Hunt Anderson (Navajo/Dine): traditional Navajo wool processing: spinning, washing, carding, vegetal dyeing wool into yarn
  • Kevin Aspaas (Navajo/Dine): wedge weaving
  • Eliseo Curley (Navajo/Dine): Horse cinch/Implements weaving/braiding

"Weave a Story”

February 16, 2017
  • Susan Hudson (Navajo/Dine): quilter: Stitching to Heal the Past; 2016 First Place Award Winner at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair for The Walk of My Ancestors, and 2015 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival Best of Show winner for Nii’ Da’ Ba’ Hii Ba’ (Warrior Story).
  • Teri Greeves (Kiowa-Comanche): bead work artist whose needles have created inspirational pieces that are represented in museums around the country including the Heard Museum permanent collection.

"The Shirt Off Your Back”

February 23, 2017
  • Jessica Metcalfe, PhD. (Turtle Mountain Chippewa): owner of “Beyond Buckskin Boutique”, and Beyond Buckskin blog about Native fashion.  Her dissertation focused on Native American fashion designers since the 1950’s.
  • Orlando Dugi (Navajo/Dine): fashion designer well known for his glamorous couture-style, hand-made gowns. Winner of multiple awards at SWAIA, Cherokee Art Market, and the Heard Museum Fair, where he was the 2011 Conrad House award winner as well as 2014 first place winner for Beaded Wool Cape.  His 2016 Best of Class collaborative award for She Holds The Stars is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum.