The Heard Museum believes that nothing can fully replace an in-person visit to a museum, to see and experience art, other works of Indigenous creation, and exhibitions up close and personal. However due to time, budget, distance and yes, social distancing the Heard Museum is not always accessible to the visiting public.
The Heard Museum team has pulled together some resources for you to help engage with American Indian art and culture in the comfort of your own home and on your schedule. We will be updating this content weekly for you to access some our most popular videos, articles and books online.
This Is the Way We Rise (Ciara Lacy, 2021) – 2:34
The Fourfold (Alisi Telengut, 2021) – 14:49
Little Chief (Erica Tremblay, 2020) – 22:05
Fainting Spells (Sky Hopinka, 2018) – 33:40
Now Is the Time (Christopher Auchter, 2020) – 44:28
Lichen (Lisa Jackson, 2020) – 1:00:45
Fast Horse (Alexandra Lazarowich, 2018) – 1:12:21
Add this classic Mexican comfort food from our award-winning Courtyard Café to your recipe list!
Explore artworks by five artists in the Larger Than Memory exhibition through this fun and educational Family Guide. Each section is based on one artist in the exhibition and includes thoughtful questions and a hands-on activity. A helpful chart organizes activities to correspond to Arizona State Standards for suggested grade levels. Download the complete guide or download sections based on your interest. Full-color, 8.5×11″.
Join us for videos created for the museum specially for Father’s Day. These videos were premiered in 2020.
Fathers by Nora Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Editor, Ramona Emerson
Music: “Hopi Rain Dance Song #1”, performed by E-Yah_Pah-Hah Chanters. Directed by Louis Ballard, c. 1965, collection of Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; “Rain Drops”, written and performed by Po.10Cee, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico.
Photos: Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resource Center, Washington, D.C.; Palace of the Governors Archives, New Mexico State Archives, New Mexico; Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; as well as local community and Naranjo families.
Artist Steven Yazzie (Navajo/Laguna Pueblo/European) is asked the imoprtant questions about his life and work in this fun interview with his kids. Dad joke included.
One of the Heard Museum’s most popular family events, the annual celebration of Día Del Niño moved to an online format for 2020. The playlist below showcases 3 videos of storytelling, a home weaving demonstration and a live musical performance. These videos were premiered on April 26, 2020.
These are some of our most popular YouTube videos. Visit our channel for more videos from insider looks at our collections to our Hoop Dance Contest and artist interviews.
Anthropologist’s Arrival, A Memoire
Ruth M. Underhill
Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles
Velma Kee Craig, Carol Ann Mackay, Ann Marshall, Natalia Miles, and Ninabah Winton
Home: Native People in the Southwest
The Red Bird All-Indian Traveling Band
Wisdom of Donkeys: Finding Tranquility in a Chaotic World
For Young Readers
Ancient Dwellings of the Southwest (pop up book)
Dance on a Sealskin
Desert Is Theirs
For a Girl Becoming
Teen and Young Adult
Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Earthsong is our quarterly member publication detailing exhibitions and activities at the museum. Click on each publication to read it online via ISSUU.
The museum has a robust Education Department that creates Standards-based curricula for educators as well as art activities for tours. Visit our Education pages for more information.
Art Card Activities
Art cards are a fun way to introduce children in elementary school to artwork by American Indian artists. They are designed to help children look at art carefully and exercise their interpretation skills. Each card has a suggested art activity that can be done with the help of an adult or independently. Every card is also aligned to Arizona K-12 visual art standards. Fill out the form below to get your free download. If you are not an educator, just put “N/A” anywhere the required field isn’t applicable for you.
The Heard Museum is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate and we are pleased to introduce a free resource called the Smithsonian Learning Lab.
The Learning Lab allows teachers, parents, and students to search all of the Smithsonian’s digitized holdings to create their own collections, research, and lesson plans on topics in art, history, science, and more. You can build your collections from scratch or create a copy of an existing collection to make your own. You can also upload your own materials and publish your content to share with others.
The Smithsonian is launching the first of a #SmithsonianEdu monthly challenge series, with open-ended activity prompts for families to participate in at home starting in August. The first activity challenge highlights exhibit design with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and museum educators across the Smithsonian.
Download Winter at Home, a learning guide aimed at K-8 learners. The collaboration between the Smithsonian and USA Today brings bilingual Spanish/English language content in STEM, history, and the arts to students, parents, and educators.