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1. HOME: Native People in the SouthwestPrehistoric, historic and contemporary artwork, personal expressions and video presentations combine to tell the stories of American Indian cultures of the Southwest in this signature exhibition.
2. Art Fence … Located at the entrance of HOME: Native People in the Southwest, this stunning glass and clay sculptural installation inspired by an ocotillo fence combines tradition and the contemporary to represent borders and the idea of living in two worlds. Art poles like those in the exhibit have been a top seller in the Berlin Gallery of the Heard Museum Shop, where artists Tony Jojola (Isleta) and Rosemary Lonewolf (Santa Clara) are represented.
3. “Fear of a Red Planet” … This giant mural in We Are! Arizona’s First People depicts scenes from American Indian history that have impacted the lives of American Indian people in the Southwest. Other pieces by the mural’s creator and local artist, Steven Yazzie (Navajo/Laguna Pueblo) can be found in the Berlin Gallery of the Heard Museum Shop.

4. Kids Love … Three galleries feature hands-on take-home activities and interactives that are popular with kids and curious adults. From forming a Yaqui-inspired paper flower to fashioning a bandolier bag, these galleries offer a multi-dimensional experience ... Every Picture Tells a Story, We Are! Arizona's First People, HOME: Native People in the Southwest.

5. Indian Boarding Schools … No exhibit at the Heard has received such emotional comment as America’s untold story, Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience. Most people are shocked that the U.S. government forcibly removed Indian children from their homes and transferred them to cold, militaristic boarding schools, often for years at a time. Experiencing this exhibit reveals moving stories.
6. Katsina Dolls … One of the largest collections of katsina dolls can be found in the museum’s HOME exhibit (some say kachina, but katsina is a more similar spelling to the Hopi pronunciation of the word). Largely drawn from collections donated by Barry Goldwater and the Fred Harvey Company (of railroad restaurant fame), the exhibit shows dolls from the late 1800s to today. You can also enjoying meeting carvers and beginning or adding to your collection of dolls by visiting the Heard Museum Shop or attending Katsina Doll Marketplace, which happens each year in early April.

7. One-of-a-Kind Shopping … While the museum contains thousands of treasures for your perusal, the Heard Museum Shop offers thousands more examples of artwork created by today’s American Indian artists. Like no other museum shop, the Heard Shop buys directly from hundreds of American Indian artists to offer jewelry, pottery, baskets, textiles and katsina dolls in all price ranges. What’s better, all proceeds from the Shop benefit the museum and there’s no tax on your purchase.

8. Books, books, books … In addition to fabulous artwork, the Heard Museum's Books & More boutique bookstore and souvenir market includes one of the best selections of books by and about American Indians anywhere. Dozens of children’s books and items can also be found here.

9. Courtyard Café at Heard Museum Phoenix … The Courtyard Café brings gourmet Southwest-inspired dishes and artful cuisine to the Heard Museum. Enjoy a meal or snack on the patio surrounded by lush desert landscape, soothing fountains and the museum’s Spanish-Colonial architecture.

10. Corn Grinding … Local residents daily reminisce about their childhood visits to the Heard and grinding corn in the original courtyard (now the South Courtyard). The metates and manos still grace the intimate courtyard and invite children of a new generation to try their hands at this distinctive tradition.

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