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The Heard Museum

Now, the museum is garnering additional praise for its new long-term signature exhibition, HOME: Native People in the Southwest. The museum unveiled the $7.6 million, 21,000-square-foot exhibition in May 2005, marking the culmination of the Heard Museum's 75th Anniversary celebration.

The central theme of HOME reflects the importance of family, community, land and languages ­ commonalities that play an important role in the lives of all Native people. The exhibition looks closely at the traditions of Native people of the past and present, and examines and defines what many Native people consider home. The stories of Southwestern tribal communities include first-person perspectives based on interviews with 50 Native community members, who provided personal accounts and insight into the importance and meaning of home. In addition, ideas for exhibition themes were developed with the assistance of a 35-member Native American advisory group, as well as Native artists and tribal representatives who provided stories and interpretation into the artwork on display.

HOME is divided into five different sections that reflect the geographic areas Southwestern Native people call home: the Pueblos, the Colorado Plateau, the Colorado River, the Central Mountains and the Sonoran Desert. The exhibition allows visitors to explore the Native cultures within these areas from the distant past, through the present and into the future. Against a backdrop of vivid photo murals and outstanding artwork, the stories of community feast days, celebrations and family traditions are told. For example, ceremonial kilts, headdresses and drums illustrate the importance of Pueblo feast days. A Hopi bride surrounded by gifts of clothing, pottery and basketry illustrates this important community event. And Yoeme (Yaqui) masks, rattles and musical instruments show the significance of community ceremonies.

The exhibition includes a video about home and two short-subject videos that focus on the Colorado River people and the Havasupai people. In addition, the popular video “Our Voices, Our Land” returns in a revitalized form. Visitors also will enjoy the exhibit’s e-room, where they can access appropriate Web sites and the Internet, as well as hear radio connections from tribal areas and peruse Native newspapers and magazines.

2301 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Heard Museum North, located at El Pedregal Festival Marketplace
The Heard Museum North, located at El Pedregal Festival Marketplace



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