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.

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


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 properties.

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.

Interwoven 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.

Interwoven Traditions

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:

Woven Praxis: Portraits of the Salt River Basket Weavers featuring the paintings of Salt River Pima artist Dwayne Manuel.

In the Friends of Western Art Gallery: 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 Traditions featuring the work of Chippewa artist Daniel Ramirez, on exhibit October 2016-May 2017.

In the Aline & John K. Goodman Gallery: Crossing between Worlds: The Navajos of Canyon de Chelly featuring photographic portraiture of Diné people, on exhibit October 2016-May 2017.

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.  More...  
In the Aline & John K Goodman Gallery: The Shufelts’ Christmas Cards, featuring the work of artist Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt, on exhibit August 2015-May 2016.  More...  
In the Fulton Legacy Gallery: A historical exhibit on Ma Fulton’s FF Ranch, ongoing.  More...  
From the permanent collection: The West: Land of Many Stories, a multi-artist show featuring the artists, peoples, and communities of the American West, ongoing.  More...  

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