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:

Water Protectors: The Standing Rock Camps through the Lens of Gabriel Ayala (Yoeme)
Exhibit: Current–Summer 2019
Amerind is proud to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, a look at the history and science of water in the United States. While the Smithsonian exhibit will visit the Amerind in March and April of 2019, the Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits through the 2018-2019 year. When Gabriel Ayala heard about the events taking place near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Ayala decided to stand with the Water Protectors, a group of predominately Indigenous community members who opposed the construction of a petroleum pipeline. Ayala was forever changed by his time at the Standing Rock Camps. His 2016 photographs document his experiences at the camps.

Gabriel Ayala is a very well-known world-class classical guitarist. A member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe, Mr. Ayala has traveled the world to perform and teach. His photographic work at Standing Rock has further developed Ayala’s talents as a multimedia artist.

The Photography of Dr. John P. Schaefer
Exhibit: Current–December 31, 2018
Photographer John Schaefer visited Rarámuri (Tarahumara) communities in Chihuahua in 1978. Dr. Schaefer’s work captured the lives of these Indigenous people and the villages they call home. Some of these same photos were published in Bernard Fontana’s book Tarahumara: Where Night is the Day of the Moon. Schaefer’s intimate photographic portraits are beautiful and irreplaceable historic documents.

Dr. John Schaefer is President Emeritus of the University of Arizona. He served on the University of Arizona faculty for 21 years, held titles of head of the Department of Chemistry and dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and served as president of the university from 1971-1982. In addition to his teaching and research career, Dr. Schaefer enjoys a reputation as an acclaimed photographer. He founded the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography.

Personal Birth Process
by Jeffers Choyguha (Tohono O’odham)
Exhibit: Current–August 16, 2019
Jeffers Choyguha has been working on the abstract paintings exhibited in “Personal Birth Process” for two years. Her inspiration comes from her pregnancy and her son’s earliest years. She describes those experiences as “mesmerizing, beautiful, terrifying.” The artworks are about emotions, feelings, and moments—not figures. Choyguha explains that “Some of the paintings are prayers. Some are fears.”

Jeffers Choyguha (Tohono O’odham) is an artist, a teacher, and a mother. She grew up in the Tohono O’odham community of Covered Wells. From a young age, Choyguha was a sketcher. “Art is all around us. I find inspiration in things I see and experience.”


Border Cowboys and Border Cowgirls
Professor Jackson Boelts and Professor Joseph Labate (UA College of Fine Arts)
Exhibit: Current–February 28, 2019
Professor Jackson Boelts and Professor Joseph Labate are collaborating on the project Border Cowboys and Border Cowgirls: Que es lo Mismo, Pero no Es. Their project has involved visiting the men and women who work on the ranches of southern Arizona, collecting their stories, and capturing their lives in art. Professor Boelts created a series of large abstract watercolor paintings while Professor Labate photographed the people and region. Their project has been made possible by a grant from Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

Professor Jackson Boelts earned his BFA at Colorado State University and his MFA at the University of Arizona. Artist, designer, educator, and facilitator, Jackson Boelts has won over 400 awards for painting, design and advertising. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Arizona, has taught watercolor and drawing in Orvieto, Italy, and was a Visiting Artist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Professor Joseph Labate served as the Chair of Photography in the School of Art for nineteen years. Labate’s artwork and teaching focus on the use of digital technology as applied to the medium of photography. His research investigates the impact of technology on the medium of photography. He has exhibited and taught photography nationally and internationally. His work is in many private and public collections including the Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, the Center for Creative Photography, and Tucson Museum of Art.

Waters of the West, a joint exhibit of Friends of Western Art and Amerind
A multi-artist show featuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists
October 6, 2018–May 25, 2019

Amerind is proud to host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, a look at the history and science of water in the United States. While the Smithsonian exhibit will visit the Amerind in March and April of 2019, the Amerind is celebrating with companion exhibits through the 2018-2019 year. Water is life in the American West for all people and across all ages. Not surprisingly water is a subject of great fascination to the artists who call the American West their home. This exhibit, created in partnership with Friends of Western Art, displays artworks from private collections and from Amerind’s permanent collection centered on the theme of water. From raging arroyos to life giving springs, water is as much a necessity as it is an artistic inspiration.

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

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