The Heard pays homage to the modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. In 1914, the Chiricahua Apache people were released from their status as prisoners of war and given allotments of land in and around Fort Sill, Okla. That same year, Sam and Blossom Haozous had a son, Allan Houser (1914-1994), who became a renowned sculptor, painter and book illustrator.
Houser’s sons, Bob and Phillip Haozous, tell the stories of their experiences and their heritage through their art. Their art shows the pride, reverence, and endurance possessed by the Houser/Haozous family and the Chiricahua Warm Springs Apache.
It was the centennial of Allan Houser's birth that gave rise to this exhibit, plus commemoration of 100 years of freedom for the Chiricahua Apache who had been held as prisoners of war after their surrender in 1886 and relocated to Florida, then Alabama and finally Oklahoma.