The Heard Museum
Native American Museum in Phoenix
This museum was really cool because I learned a lot about the Navajo Indians. Like, did you know that they had to work so hard just to do a lot of simple stuff that we don't even have to think about. Like the Indian ladies would spend all day grinding nuts and stuff for flour, when all we have to do is pay for it at the grocery store!
I probably would not be a very good Indian kid because I would get bored having to do everything by hand.
Native American cultures make up a huge component of Arizona's own rich history, and the Heard Museum in Phoenix has put together a captivating collection of Native American art and cultural exhibits that showcase the rich influence these cultures have brought to this region. The museum's collection includes nearly 40,000 objects which are on display throughout the 12 different exhibit galleries; additionally, the attached Ullman Learning Center is a hub of research into these past cultures, ensuring that all of the collections include the most current research and findings.
The museum is home to a wealth of information, and in order to learn more about the items on display, visitors are welcome to take one of the free forty-five minute docent led tours. Families with children will also enjoy the interactive exhibits that allow for hands-on learning about the diverse Native cultures.
While all of the museum collections are impressive, you won't want to miss the exhibit "Hopi Katsina Dolls: 100 Years of Carving." This display includes more than 500 katsina dolls of varying styles from the 1800s and on. In the Hopi culture, Katsina dolls are used as teaching tools to represent the cultural ideals and visions of the spirit messengers.
Initiated Hopi men created these dolls according to the values of the Katsinum, or spirit messengers of the universe. After exploring the collections in the museum, make sure you visit the gift shop where you can take find both adult and childrens books or even purchase an authentic handmade Hopi doll of your own!
In addition to preserving the past, the Museum is host to a number of community events and programs to include artist demonstrations, workshops & lectures, booksignings, performances and more. By supporting these current Native American demonstrations, Heard Museum becomes an almost living testament that connects both the past and present in a truly memorable way.
2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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|Jacob Tip: Pay attention to the stuff at this museum! I was able to really impress my teacher by telling her about some of the stuff we saw and learned about here!|
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