Navajo storm pattern rugs contain stylized designs reflective of rain, the life-giving element for all people. This amazing collection by famous Diné weavers could only be seen at the Historic Toadlena Trading Post until now. Mark and Linda Winter (owners of the post) have graciously loaned us this exhibit, so that our visitors may view the beauty of the storm. When you enter the museum, be sure to look up.
2020 Calendar of Events
January 4th: Special exhibit opening at 1 PM. The Daughters of Turtle Island: A Tribute to Native Women. This exhibit highlights the extraordinary contributions of Native women on “Turtle Island” (North America). Both historic figures and contemporary trailblazers are featured for their past accomplishments and current, amazing work. Honored as well, are those lost to us, as we raise awareness for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement and raise support for the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition. This is a powerful exhibit, not to be missed.
January: New exhibit room debut...HOOP! Our new children's education room enhances leaning experiences and helps students develop a deeper understanding of Native culture with interactive features and ever-changing exhibit elements. “HOOP” is an acronym for Hands-On, Observation, & Play, and also represents a fundamental symbol of indigenous heritage, the circle.
Saturday, January 25th, 12 PM Special Guest Speaker
Please join us as the reigning Junior Miss Yavapai Apache Princess comes again to The Museum of Indigenous People. Claudia will share some thoughts about her title and its importance to her community. Light refreshments will be served. There is no additional charge for this event. Regular admission rates apply.
February 9th: Annual Member’s Meeting at 2 PM. Members only of The Museum of Indigenous People gather in the Pueblo Building to enjoy friendship and a potluck meal as they hear a summary of the prior year and news of what is ahead.
Please join us on March 14th at 1 PM when Trudie Jackson returns with a special presentation, Challenging the Colonial Structure of Museums: Miss Chief Eagle Testickle.
Historically, North American art and cultural institutions display portraits that often depict images of European settlers' and landscape images of domination and power over indigenous people and land. While these works are often described as portraying real people in historical sites, they often center European men in position of power. What is absent is the critical view of heteronormative ideologies that inform artwork. This lecture examines the oppressive and suppressive views of gender and sexuality, with use of a trickster, created by Kent Monkman of the First Nations. The presence of the "time-traveling, shape-shifting, gender-fluid alter-ego" challenges the colonial structures of museums.
March 20th and 21st: Annual Navajo Rug and Indian Art Auction! POSTPONED
April 4th at 1 PM, please join us in the Pueblo Building for a special presentation! Archaeologist Dick Ryan will present Ice Age Arizona: Plants, Animals, & People. POSTPONED
May 2nd and 3rd: POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS. Mata Ortiz Show & Sale featuring Lucy Mora and Lorenso Bugarini. Join us in the museum for demonstrations throughout the day! You will see our artists creating pottery, painting, and even firing pottery right on the museum grounds. In addition, beautiful Mata Ortiz pottery from many of the village’s potters will be available for sale at the lowest prices in the Southwest!
Mid-May: Journeys in Spirit Native American Show at the ‘Tis Gallery features some of the most collectible American Indian artists of the Southwest.
July 11th: Special exhibit opening at 1 PM. Eye on the Storm
July 25th: Consignment Market CANCELLED
October 12th: Indigenous People’s Day. 10AM - 4 PM, admission is free for everyone and Native artists demonstrate their skill and sell their artworks in the museum.
October 26th - 30th: Day of the Dead Altar installations. Free space available is in the Pueblo Building to honor the dearly departed. Please visit our website for guidelines and application.
November 1st: Dia de los Muertos Celebration from 11 AM to 3 PM. Mariachis, traditional Mexican dancers, food, refreshments, and more are featured at this community event. Free admission.
November 14th: First Fire Fall Fundraiser at 5 PM. Enjoy a catered dinner by a warm fire, watch authentic Native entertainment, bid on silent auction treasures, and make new friends. Proceeds support the museum general operations fund.
November 30th – December 13th: Annual Member’s Sale. Members receive a 20% discount on most items in the Trading Post!
December 12th and13th: Christmas Indian Art Market 10 AM-4 PM in the Pueblo Building. Buy authentic and buy direct as you help Native artists create joyful holidays for their families. December 27th: Storytellers at Smoki, 11 AM to 3 PM. Enjoy Native storytelling, homemade cookies, and hot apple cider by the warmth of the Pueblo Building fireplace. There’s no extra charge for this family event. Regular admission rates apply.