While these hot August days and nights might be a bit too warm to spend much time in the current exhibit in the Heard Museum’s Nichols Sculpture Garden, The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century, now would be a good time to linger in the cool air-conditioned library to consider stories of the family’s Chiricahua Apache heritage.
The exhibit has been described as paying “homage to a child and a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists.” These four selections, currently on display in the public reading area of the library, explore the history endured by the Chiricahua Apaches “held as prisoners of war after their surrender in 1886 and relocated to Florida, then Alabama and finally Oklahoma” in 1914. The exhibit commemorates a century of freedom for the Chiricahua Apaches as well as honoring 100 years since the 1914 birth of Allan Houser.
Don’t worry, the sculptures will be on display until April 2016, so you still have plenty of time to take in the artwork when the weather is more amenable. Please feel free to visit the library to review these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections. For more details or additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog link located in the pull-down menu of the library tab on the Heard website.
Once they moved like the wind : Cochise, Geronimo, and the Apache wars
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993
Heard call number E99.C68 R63 1993
Where courage is like a wild horse : the world of an Indian orphanage
Skolnick, Sharon (Okee-Chee) and Manny Skolnick
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press,  Heard call number E99.C68 S53 1997
Survival of the spirit : Chiricahua Apaches in captivity
Stockel, H. Henrietta
Reno : University of Nevada Press,  Heard call number E99.A6 S81 1993
Mangas Coloradas, chief of the Chiricahua Apaches
Sweeney, Edwin R.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press,  Heard call number E99.C68 M357 1998