Saturday, January 4, 2014

Last Days in Arizona

Our second day in Willcox was rainy - so we decided to go visit the Amerind Museum (which includes a research center, library, and art gallery) in nearby Texas Canyon. One of the first things we learned was why Texas Canyon is called by that name:  it was settled by a family from Texas.

I would love to be able to show a bunch of photographs from the museum, but they're not allowed for various reasons.  So my pictures are from outside.

After paying our entrance fee of $15 (8 for me, 7 for Don) we were told to visit the art gallery first. I was ambivalent about that, but once I was looking at the artwork, I was really glad I was there. Most of the artwork had a southwestern or Native American theme, and up on the second floor was a temporary exhibit of quilts.  Quilts!  These were some of the quilts from the Arizona Centennial Quilt Project.  They were all stunning.

The art gallery

The main museum building

Looking north

Looking northeast

Museum building
We spent about 3 hours in the museum - longer than I've ever spent in a museum. In addition to looking at Native Americans in Arizona - the Navajo, Hopi, Apache and the Tonto O'odham, the museum exhibitions "tell the story of America's first peoples from Alaska to South America and from the last Ice Age to the present." There were exhibits related to archeology, history, culture, and more. We even watched a movie about Geronimo and the numerous times he and his people were betrayed by the U. S. Government. 

I strongly recommend a visit to this museum if you're ever in Willcox or Benson.  For more detailed information, visit their website :  Amerind Museum

1 comment:

KarenInTheWoods said...

Oooh It would have been nice if they let you snap pics of the quilt display!

Karen and Steve
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