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Amerind Museum Closes Temporarily

Saturday, March 28-Sunday, April 12, 2020

Given the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and our concern for the community, we believe it is in the best interest of our visitors and staff to temporarily close our doors from March 28 to April 12. We will continue to monitor the guidance of public health officials, respond to their recommendations, and keep you up to date about Amerind’s hours and programs. We appreciate all of your understanding and support of our beloved Amerind. We wish each of you good health.


The Arizona Department of Health Services has updated its recommended guidelines to the public regarding public gatherings. The new guidelines follow the CDC’s recommendation to postpone gatherings of 10 or more people. For our community members’ health and safety, Amerind will be postponing the Texas Canyon Trail Run until this fall.

The new date for the Trail Run will be Saturday, September 12, 2020.


Amerind in Tucson!

Native Arts Appreciation Classes

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Come learn about the Indigenous arts of the Southwest in 1-hour classes taught by Dr. Eric Kaldahl, Amerind President & Chief Curator. You will get to study first-hand some of beautiful arts and crafts from the Amerind museum collection. Each class is $16 and each will be held in the Tucson Mall’s CATALYST Center—an art space operated by SAACA, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Register for the classes through SAACA’s web site Your class fee can count toward an Amerind membership. Tucson Mall's CATALYST Center is located at 4500 N. Oracle Rd. suite 110  Tucson, AZ 85705.

Canceled-March 27, 12:30-1:30 pm: Contemporary Southwestern Native American Textiles

April 10, 12:30-1:30 pm: Contemporary Southwestern Native American Basketry

May 1, 12:30-1:30 pm: Southwestern Native American Jewelry



Hal Empie: Artist, Pharmacist, Cartoonist, and Arizona Icon

Featured speaker: Ann Empie Groves, Hal Empie’s daughter

Public Talk: March 28, 2020, 11:00 am-12:00 pm


Photo courtesy of Ann Empie Groves

Anyone interested in Arizona history, western art, and cartoons will not want to miss this presentation. Ann Empie Groves, daughter of legendary Arizona artist and cartoonist Hal Empie (1909-2002), will speak about her father’s three parallel careers as an artist, cartoonist, and pharmacist. Hal was born in Safford, Arizona. Over his lifetime, he lived in Safford, Solomonville, Duncan, and Tubac. Hal’s art career spanned over 75 years. His famous Empie Kartoon Kards are now the subject of a new book: Way Out West: Hal Empie’s Kartoon Kards the Collection.  Our featured speaker Ann Groves has been an artist’s representative for 45 years, as well as an art gallery owner and retail store owner the past 33 years. Along with her husband Peter Groves, she owns the Hal Empie Gallery and The Artist’s Daughter Shop in Tubac, AZ.

Included with museum admission.


Texas Canyon Trail Run


The Arizona Department of Health Services has updated its recommended guidelines to the public regarding public gatherings. The new guidelines follow the CDC’s recommendation to postpone gatherings of 50 or more people. For our community members’ health and safety, Amerind will be postponing the Texas Canyon Trail Run until this fall.

The new date for the Trail Run will be Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:00 am start time for 10K participants

9:20 am start time for 5K participants

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Photo by GOATographer

The Amerind Museum presents the 7th Annual Texas Canyon Trail Run. Here’s your chance to intimately experience this awe inspiring region that is normally closed to the public. Run or walk the scenic 5K or 10K courses in beautiful Texas Canyon. Participation in the event enables Amerind to further its mission of fostering and promoting knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, conservation, and community engagement. 

In a culture of running, it is no surprise that many Native communities have ways of encouraging runners along their path. Among the O'odham of Arizona and Sonora, singing is important at all community events and celebrations. At the Texas Canyon Trail Run, Amerind is honored to welcome the No:lic Traditional Singers and Dancers. They are from the community of No:lic on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Most of their singers belong to a multi-generational family that values their ancient singing and dance traditions. On September 12, they will sing traditional O'odham songs in their Native language to encourage the trail runners along their way.

 To register visit:



Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain between Indian and American

Featured speaker: Professor Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi), Head of the Department of American Indian Studies, University of Arizona

Public Talk: April 4, 2020, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

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Photograph of Hopi athlete Louis Tewanima, silver medalist, at the 1912 Olympic Games. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

Dr. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is Professor and Head of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. He is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Munqapi. Centering his research and teaching on Native American history and the history of the American West, he examines the history of American Indian education, the Indian boarding school experience, and American Indians and sport. In addition to publishing articles and books on Hopi history, he has produced a documentary film—Beyond the Mesas. His most recent book is entitled Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain between Indian and American. Included with museum admission OR Texas Canyon Trail Run registration.



Zuni Jewelry Collectors Workshop with Mark Bahti

Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19, 2020, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

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We collect for many different reasons: personal connection to the objects, the history, the investment potential, the interest in a single artist or time period . . . and there are many levels of motivation: personal, professional, academic and institutional.

We'll begin with a discussion about why we collect generally and then specifically about why Zuni jewelry interests collectors and how that ties in with the remarkable collection Amerind has received. We will also talk about how collecting has profoundly affected not only Zuni jewelry, but Zuni Pueblo itself. On hand will be relevant pieces from the Amerind's collection that help illustrate the many points we'll discuss.

After lunch we'll look at quite a range of selections from the Amerind collection and learn about the many types of reasons these pieces are collectible and important. From the most flamboyant to the most humble, each piece of jewelry can tell us a story and the stories collectively paint a fascinating and intricate picture.

Feel free to bring a piece of jewelry with you that we can discuss during lunch break.

Cost without accommodations: $175 per member or $195 for non-members (includes lunches)

Cost with accommodations: $350 per member (double occupancy, includes all meals)


Vintage Jewelry Show and Sale with Silver Suite

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

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Photo courtesy of Silver Suite

It is time to surround yourself with exceptional art during our Vintage Jewelry Show and Sale with Silver Suite! Silver Suite will offer beautiful, one of a kind, antique Native American and mid-century jewelry, along with other treasures, ranging from finely crafted silver buckles and earrings, to necklaces, squash blossoms, and more. Find something you cannot live without or treat someone special in your life to a unique piece of wearable art. 

Included with museum admission.


Special Spring Tamale Cooking Class

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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Tamales are a favorite meal along the borderlands. Do not miss this opportunity to learn how to make a variety of types during this Special Spring Tamale Class. The menu includes red chili beef tamales, chicken tamales, and tamale pie. To garnish your tamales, you will also make a mango chili salsa. Lastly, no cooking class would be complete without something sweet and you will learn to prepare a decadent tres leches cake.

Cost: $75 per person for member, feasting included.


Walking Quietly: Mixed Media Works by Melanie Yazzie (Diné)

Gallery Talk: May 2, 2020, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

See the exhibit from May 1, 2020-December 31, 2020


Photo courtesy of Melanie Yazzie

As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Melanie Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty” literally, creating beauty and harmony. As an artist, she works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena shaping the contemporary lives of Native peoples in the United States and beyond. Her work incorporates personal experiences as well as the events and symbols from Diné culture.

Included with museum admission.


Quiet Clouds, a new exhibit by Gil Scott (Diné)

Gallery Talk: Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Exhibit run time: August 31, 2019-August 16, 2020

Gil Scott

From the artist: My palette of colors is strong, bold, and simple. My images and subjects are interpretations of how I view my culture, my Diné (Navajo) heritage. My subjects are the high southwest desert landscapes, traditional baskets, and our traditional homes known as hogans. These are just a few subjects which inspire my imagination.


Brown Bag Seminar: Gifts, Trade, and Taxes in Ancient Economies

May 22, 2020, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm


Photo courtesy of Ken Hirth

The economy was fundamental to the growth and development of all ancient societies.  It was through the economy that important social, political, and religious institutions produced and mobilized the resources required to carry out their activities and functions. This brown bag seminar discusses some of the common fundamental aspects of how ancient societies at all levels of complexity were organized. Come meet this international group of scholars who will discuss ancient economies of the Pacific Northwest Coast, horticulturalists of the American Southwest, pastoralists of East Africa and Mongolia, the Aztec, Inka, and Roman states, medieval urban societies of India and Europe, Bronze age societies of Mesopotamia and Scandanavia, and Mississipian chiefdoms.


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