Images in Time and Place

A permanent exhibition is installed in the principal gallery of the Museum, which displays objects from the Amerind’s collection in some 1,600 square feet of display area. "Images" refers to figurative (human, animal, and even plant motifs) expressions in the material culture of Native Americans. "Time" includes objects from prehistoric, historic, and contemporary contexts, and also suggests that the dynamics of history have a part to play in our understanding of different Native cultures. "Place" encourages us to think about the landscape and the environment of the cultures represented, along with the opportunities and constraints they may offer. The exhibition presents the richness of figurative design in such diverse media as textiles, organic fibers, clay, stone, wood, ivory, metal, beads, and leather. This exhibit takes the viewer from the Arctic down to the southwest on the ethnographic side of the gallery and from the bottom of South America to the American southwest on the archaeological side.


American Art Form: A Century of Zuni and Navajo Jewelry
Permanent exhibit opening September 18, 2018
Amerind is the proud home of one of the largest and best documented Zuni and Navajo jewelry collections in the world. A recent donation from one remarkable family, the collection includes thousands upon thousands of jewelry pieces made by artisans and masters from the late 19th through 20th century. This exhibit debuts a small fraction of this amazing collection for the public to see. Collected over three generations, the donating family had a personal relationship with many of these artisans. The jewelers represented in this collection pioneered a uniquely American art form that thrust Indigenous design and vision onto a global stage.

Images in Time and Place

Timeline Hallway

Down the hallway, connecting the two galleries on the first floor, are exhibit cases showing a time-line of prehistoric human occupation in the southwest. Here visitors will see wonderful artifacts from the time of the Paleo-Indians, the Archaic period, and up to the three primary cultural areas of the early farmers: Hohokam, Mogollon, and Ancestral Pueblos (formerly referred to as "Anasazi").

Amerind Archaeology Room


Without Borders: The Deep History of Paquimé
New permanent exhibit
Sixty years ago this year, Amerind excavated one of the most amazing archaeological sites in our region: Paquimé in Chihuahua, Mexico. With a team of top archaeological scholars, this new permanent exhibit lets you explore the arts, history, and architecture of this important ancient community that flourished over seven centuries ago. From Amerind’s foundational research to the latest discoveries—the story of this community and its ingenious people will ignite your imagination.


Ethnology Room

The main gallery upstairs contains impressive ethnographic items from various areas of North America. Part of the room is dedicated to the Apache culture, and on display are some wonderful baskets, a bow made and signed by Geronimo, a set of Apache rawhide playing cards, plus many other items, along with information and interpretation about the different Apache tribes and groups, Geronimo’s surrender, and the resulting confinement of all the Chiricahua Apaches.

The Navajo (Diné) are closely related to the Apaches, and we have a small case with Diné items, mostly jewelry. We will be bringing more Diné objects into the exhibit area in the future.

The Ethnology Room also contains some wonderful examples of beadwork by various Native people, an exhibit of fetishes, cradle boards, Navajo concho belts, pipes, and various Santos and other religious artifacts, mostly from northern New Mexico.

Fleet of Foot: Indigenous Running and Games from Ancient Times to Today (with advisors Dr. Will Russell (Comanche/Southern Cherokee), Dr. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi), and Ms. Angelina Saraficio (Tohono O’odham)


Traditions in Clay

An exhibition of Pueblo pottery ranging from late prehistoric ancestral ceramics to modern pieces. Pueblo pottery developed in prehistoric times from simple utility jars to intricately textured and painted wares. The art form was revived with the advent of the railroad and the arrival of tourists in the Southwest in the 1880s. Contemporary Pueblo potters still use centuries-old techniques of construction and are inspired by pottery forms and designs a millennium or more old.

The Mata Ortiz Gallery

This room contains two exhibits: The Potters of Mata Ortiz: Inspired by the Past…Creating Traditions for the Future, and A Pottery Competition!


The first exhibit explores the connection between the pottery of the prehistoric town of Casas Grandes (Paquimé) in Chihuahua, Mexico, and the contemporary pottery tradition, often referred to as a "pottery phenomenon," of the nearby village of Mata Ortiz.


The second exhibit illustrates Amerind’s early involvement with the community of Mata Ortiz. It was 1978 when noted Mata Ortiz supporter, Spencer MacCallum, stopped by the Amerind to ask Charles Di Peso, Amerind’s director, if the Foundation would be willing to support a competition for the potters of Mata Ortiz. Production was booming in Mata Ortiz and Spencer saw the competition as a way to encourage high quality work. Di Peso agreed and Spencer brought several truck-loads of pots, while Di Peso selected the judges and made the arrangements. The judges picked out the winners and Spencer returned with the pots, and with ribbons and prizes to award the winners at a community festival. The exhibit features photographs from the judging and the awards ceremony, along with pots by some of the winners and from other Mata Ortiz potters working around the same time.

The Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery

The Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery was built in the mid-1950s to house the Fulton family’s art collection. Amerind’s founders Rose Hayden Fulton and William Shirley Fulton played an important part in collecting the fine art in Amerind’s permanent collection. Today the gallery features exhibits by contemporary indigenous artists and other contemporary artists of the American West, in addition to displaying works from the permanent collection. The current exhibitions are listed below with the most recently opened listed first:


The Art of Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi)
Current–April 19, 2020
Hopi artist Gerry Quotskuyva is a member of the Bear Strap Clan from the Second Mesa Village of Shungopavi in Northern Arizona. He currently resides in Rimrock, AZ where he maintains a studio. His remarkable style has been nationally recognized in various media including public television, newspaper articles and books including Art of the Hopi by Jerry and Lois Jacka, Katsina by Zena Pearlstone, and Ancestral Echoes, a 10-year retrospective. Quotskuyva has garnered numerous awards for his carvings and paintings.

Capturing Sunlight: Images from the Southwest by Maria Arvayo (Yoeme)
Current–April 26, 2020
In her own words: My work focuses on depicting the Sonoran landscape. I attempt to capture the quality of light, the warmth and the distinct beauty. I work in a wide variety of media, but the majority of my work is in oil, acrylic, pastel, and encaustic. My work is inspired by the natural world. Some pieces, although they may seem abstract, are usually objects that by their own nature are abstract. Through my images I hope to express and share the beauty that I see around us.

Cowboys at Work, a joint exhibit of Friends of Western Art and Amerind
Current-May 24, 2020

The artworks in this show celebrate the cowboys and cowgirls of the American West, capturing their work out on the range and back at the ranch. This exhibit, created in partnership with Friends of Western Art, displays artworks from private collections and from Amerind’s permanent collection

Indigenous Water/Ways
Current–June 14, 2020

Indigenous communities of the southwestern US and northern Mexico revere water in all its forms. With incredible feats of engineering and an eye to sustainability, Indigenous farmers and ranchers have carefully cultivated water resources to nourish their crops, livestock, and people. This exhibit explores the intersection of water with Indigenous life in deep history and recent times. Arts and crafts that celebrate water in all its forms and depict the harbingers of our rainy season accompany the exhibition.

Quiet Clouds
by Gil Scott (Diné)
Current-August 16, 2020

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.

Siki Yoka, the art of Gabriel Ayala (Yoeme)

Gallery Talk: February 11, 2020, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Current-January 31, 2021

A member of the Yaqui people of Southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala is a classically trained musician, composer and multi-dimensional artist. In October, 2017, Gabriel began creating ledger art—a deeply personal and contemporary way of infusing his cultural traditions of storytelling through visual art. The new expression now numbers more than 150 pieces. Gabriel’s work showcases moments in history to share and educate people on the travesties that have occurred to Indigenous people who have been silenced for far too long. Gabriel serves as an advocate for education for all youth. Gabriel believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy, “Love your children, Honor your elders, and Respect your women.” Included with museum admission.


Singing My Song: The Art of Duane Maktima, a new exhibit by Duane Maktima (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi)

Current-December 31, 2020

This is a retrospective exhibition on the artistic career of Duane Maktima (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi), master jeweler and metalsmith. Duane Maktima is an award winning jeweler with nearly 40 years as a working artist. In addition to selling in the best galleries, his pieces are held by several museums, including Amerind’s. Learn more about Duane’s life, career, and development into a nationally recognized jewelry designer, artist, and mentor.


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

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.

In the Fulton Legacy Gallery: A historical exhibit on Ma Fulton’s FF Ranch, ongoing.  More...

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