In the American Southwest, Native people remain connected to the lands that have been their homes for centuries. In Home: Native People in the Southwest, they tell of that connection, of how it has survived and changed over time, and of how they are preserving it for future generations. Native artists express multiple visions of home in their art. The stories of the people who made the art are all different and yet, as Native people, they have a shared history and land, and their stories have common themes for all people. The permanent collection of the Heard Museum is a part of these stories. In the pages of this book, inspired by the Heard Museum's major new exhibition of the same name, you will encounter many expressions of the meanings of home as they are embodied in clay, pigment, plant materials, fiber, wood, metal, and words by people whose art is indivisible from their lives and whose lives are indivisible from the landscapes in which they live them.
Ann Marshall is the director of research and interpretation at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Her publications include Rain: Native Expressions from the American Southwest and a history of the Heard Museum's collections.
Ofelia Zepeda is a professor of linguistics and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A MacArthur Fellow, she has published two books of poems, Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert and Earth Movements.