Images in Time
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.
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
Amerind Archaeology Room
Welcome to the room showcasing the
archaeological work done by the Amerind over the years. Here
you’ll find information, interpretation, and artifacts from
founder William Shirley Fulton’s early explorations on the
Amerind property, and his work at Painted Cave with noted
southwest archaeologist, Emil Haury. The excavations of
Charles Di Peso (Amerind’s director from 1952 to his passing
in 1982) fill out most of the remainder of the room,
including displays of his important work at Casas Grandes
(Paquimé) in Chiuhuahua, Mexico, 1958 -1961, and his
excavations along the San Pedro (Terranate) and the Santa
Cruz rivers (Paloparado).
This room contains a wonderful
diversity of material items from long ago. Most remarkable,
are the fragile objects made of organic materials between
800 to1600 years ago, such as baskets, sandals, cordage of
human hair, and cloth, which we have today only because they
were left in a dry cave with superior preservation
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.
Traditions: The Cultural Legacy Of Southwestern Textiles
Across from the Ethnology Room you will find our newest
exhibit. This exhibit features some of the beautiful rugs
and other textiles in Amerind's collection. It is a feast
for the eyes and in these two rooms you will see some real
treasures from Navajo, Hopi, Tarahumara, Rio Grande, and
other weavers. Diné masterweaver, Barbara Teller Ornelas,
joined with Amerind's curator, Eric Kaldahl, to choose the
textiles to place on exhibit. The exhibit will be up for 2
years, but you'll need to come back more often since most of
the the textiles will be rotated out and replaced with other
pieces approximately every 6 months.
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
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:
Woven Praxis: Portraits of
the Salt River Basket Weavers
featuring the paintings of Salt River Pima artist
In the Friends of Western
Horses and Riders,
a multi-artist show of paintings and sculptures from
private collections and Amerind’s permanent
collection, on exhibit October 2016-May 2017.
In the Clay & Florence Lockett and
Francis Chapin Foundation Galleries:
Painting Native American Cultures and
the work of Chippewa artist Daniel Ramirez, on
exhibit October 2016-May 2017.
In the Aline & John K. Goodman
Crossing between Worlds: The Navajos
of Canyon de Chelly
portraiture of Diné people, on exhibit October
|In the Clay & Florence Lockett and Frances
Chapin Foundation Galleries:
Native Grasses of the Apache Highlands,
featuring the work of artist Matilda Essig, on
exhibit September 2015-May 2016.
|In the Aline & John K Goodman Gallery:
Shufelts’ Christmas Cards, featuring
the work of artist Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt, on
exhibit August 2015-May 2016.
|In the Fulton Legacy Gallery: A historical
Ma Fulton’s FF Ranch, ongoing.
|From the permanent collection:
West: Land of Many Stories, a
multi-artist show featuring the artists, peoples,
and communities of the American West, ongoing.