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.

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.”


Waters of the West, a joint exhibit of Friends of Western Art and Amerind
A multi-artist show featuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists
Exhibit: Current–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.

Water is Life
Exhibit: March 9, 2019–February 28, 2020

In this invited show, Indigenous artists exhibit works related to water. Water is indispensable to the body as it is to the spirit. Rain, snow, and clouds are depicted in art created centuries ago and are still the subject of artworks today. Ancient songs, still sung today in Indigenous communities, celebrate the ocean, rain, and tumbling waters that race across arroyos and riverbeds. Come see what water inspires.

Indigenous Water/Ways
Exhibit: February 26, 2019–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.

The Art of Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo (Hopi)
Exhibit: Current–December 29, 2020

Ms. Rachel Sahmie has been creating pottery ever since childhood. She learned from the master potters of her family, including her mother and grandmother who are all descended from Annie Nampeyo. Sahmie learned quilting from her sister Bonnie and quickly fell in love with the art form. The distinctive designs and artistic style of the Nampeyo family comes to life in pots and quilts created by Rachel Sahmie.
In the Fulton Legacy Gallery: A historical exhibit on Ma Fulton’s FF Ranch, ongoing.  More...  

© 2012 The Amerind Museum.  All Rights Reserved
          2100 N. Amerind Rd., Dragoon, AZ  85609             520.586.3666