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Heard Museum

Heard Museum
2301 North Central Avenue
602-252-8848

Mission

The mission of the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is to educate the public about the heritage and living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with an emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest.

Since its founding by Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard in 1929 - as a small museum in a small southwestern town - the Heard has grown in size and stature - to where now it is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals - and Phoenix has grown along with it. The Heard is a living museum - giving voice to a uniquely American people.

History:

In 1929 - 1950 The Heard Museum opened with little fanfare in June 1929, several months after Dwight Heard died of a heart attack.Maie Heard acted as museum director, curator, custodian, lecturer and guide for more than 20 years.The Heard Museum underwent significant growth upon Maie Heard's death in 1951.

In 1956, the Heard Museum Auxiliary was established to assist with educational programs. Today, the Heard Museum Guild numbers nearly 700.In 1958, the volunteers launched two aggressive fundraising projects, a museum Shop and a Fair. Both activities continue with great success today, thanks to the continuing support of Guild members who work in the Shop and plan the Indian Fair & Market, which today draws nearly 20,000 people.The Jacobson Gallery of Indian Art was added to the museum during the next big expansion in 1968 and '69, which nearly doubled the original building, the Heard Museum experienced another significant expansion in 1983, when it nearly doubled in size again to 78,000 square feet.

In February 1999, the Heard Museum added 50,000 square feet. The expansion added several new structures including an expanded Museum Shop & Bookstore, Steele Auditorium, Dorrance Education Center, The Café at the Heard Museum, an artist studio and the Nina Mason Pulliam Pavilion. Also added were the Library and Archives, administrative space, collections storage facilities and exhibit preparation areas. The expansion also added three exhibit galleries, bringing the number of galleries at the Heard to 10.The long-awaited, $7.6 million, 21,000 square foot renovation of its permanent collection galleries culminated in the opening of HOME: Native People in the Southwest. The addition of the Berlin Gallery and the June 2007 relocation of Heard Museum North to the Summit in Scottsdale mark the beginning of a whole new era for the Heard, setting a new standard of excellence for the 21st century.


Upcoming Events at Heard Museum

Exhibition - Small Wonders

Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Exhibition - Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Small Wonders

Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Small Wonders

Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Thursday, Sep 30, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Small Wonders

Friday, Oct 1, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Friday, Oct 1, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Small Wonders

Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Small Wonders

Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Small Wonders

Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Exhibition - Small Wonders

Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Phoenix, AZ
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Recent News

Exhibition - Larger Than Memory: Digital Experience at Heard Museum

Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art From Indigenous North America presents works by contemporary artists working across the United States and Canada. Focusing on the two decades of 2000 to 2020, the exhibition highlights the significant…

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Exhibition - Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight at Heard Museum

Leon Polk Smith, one of the most significant American artists of the 20th century, has been studied and celebrated through major exhibitions, publications, and scholarship over many years—and yet, a significant source of inspiration and…

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Exhibition - Small Wonders at Heard Museum

The exhibition Small Wonders provides the opportunity to see a range of intricately made small-format works including jewelry (rings, brooches, earrings and buckles) and specialty items such as silver seed pots, fetishes or stone carvings, and…

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Exhibition - Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Towards the Sun at Heard Museum

Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Towards the Sun, a solo exhibition of Canadian / Anishinaabek artist Maria Hupfield will feature more than 40 works by the conceptual performance artist. The exhibition, curated by Heard Museum Fine Arts Curator Erin…

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Holidays at the Heard 2019

A Phoenix tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a must-see for your family, friends and out-of-town guests, starting Thursday, December 26 and continuing through Sunday, December 29. Visitors can experience American Indian music and dance performances…

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Exhibition - Still Life No. 3: Raven Chacon at Heard Museum

In the summer of 2019 the Heard Museum will produce a solo exhibition of contemporary artist Raven Chacon. Still Life No. 3: Raven Chacon presents a singular work of the same title comprised of sound installation, timed light, and text. Installed…

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Exhibition - Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles at Heard Museum

Navajo weavers’ individualism and flair for experimentation is vividly expressed in textiles from the last quarter of the 19th century. The textiles are rooted in ideas and events the weavers experienced between 1863 and 1868, the hard years…

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Exhibition - It’s Your Turn - Color! at Heard Museum

This family-friendly gallery offers a fun and educational component to our exhibition Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles. Weavers use color, pattern, texture, and their imaginations when they make textiles. At times, the colors are so…

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Exhibition - Josef Albers In Mexico At Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is proud to announce its presentation of Josef Albers in Mexico, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, curated by Lauren Hinkson. Opening February 1, 2019 and running through May 27th, 2019, Josef Albers in…

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Exhibition - A Land North: Works From The Heard Museum Collection At Heard Museum

This exhibition is a presentation of pieces from the Heard Museum’s permanent holdings of Indigenous Alaskan and Canadian First Nations art. A Land North celebrates the complexities of these cultures and highlights the diverse representation…

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Exhibition - Yua: Henri Matisse And The Inner Arctic Spirit At Heard Museum

Opening to the public on October 29, 2018, and running through February 3, 2019, Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit will explore the surprising and little known story of how Inuit people and culture inspired one of the 20th…

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Exhibition - Sonwai: The Jewelry Of Verma Nequatewa At heard Museum

Verma Nequatewa (Hopi, b. 1949) began an apprenticeship with her uncle Charles Loloma around 1966. Nequatewa has signed her distinctive work with the Hopi feminine word for beauty, Sonwai, since 1989. It complements her uncle’s name, which was…

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Exhibition - Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience at Heard Museum

The groundbreaking exhibition Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience draws on first-person recollections, memorabilia and the writings and art of four generations of Indian school alumni to examine the commonality of the…

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Exhibition - Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin at Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is proud to announce the forthcoming exhibition, Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin is a mid-career retrospective of contemporary Native Alaskan artist, Nicholas Galanin. Galanin, b. 1979 in Sitka, Alaska, is of mixed…

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Cheyenne Randall: The Mural Project

Cheyenne River Sioux artist, Cheyenne Randall, b. 1978, investigates identity and the idea of celebrity obsession and apotheosis in his work. Working in digital photography, Photoshop, paint, and wheat paste installation, the artist delves into…

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Holidays at the Heard 2017

A Phoenix tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a must-see for your family, friends and out-of-town guests, starting Tuesday, Dec. 26, and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Visitors can experience American Indian music and dance…

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Exhibition - Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Organized by The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, we are fortunate to offer this retrospective of the work of contemporary Oregon artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016). Featuring 115 drawings, paintings, prints, mixed-media works…

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Exhibition - We Are Arizona’s First People

The exhibit We Are! Arizona’s First People, housed in the Ullman Learning Center, offers visitors the chance to experience the worlds of Arizona’s American Indians and discover what is important to them today. The family-friendly…

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Exhibition - Every Picture Tells A Story

Picture the deep blues and reds of ripe blueberries, strawberries and cherries. Or a lizard wriggling its way across the hot desert sand. Can you see the sunlight dancing across the water as a whale breaks the surface? Images that tell stories…

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Holidays at the Heard 2015

Visitors can enjoy fry bread as they experience American Indian music and dance performances including crowd favorites like hoop dancing and fancy dancing. Music and dance performances are twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (except 12:30 and 2…

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Exhibition - Confluence: Inter-Generational Collaborations

This exhibit will consist of works co-created by seven pairs of American Indian artists from the greater Southwest region. Each pair consists of one established “mentor” artist and one “emerging” artist (age 16 to 20). Each…

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Exhibition - Frida Kahlo

An exhibition by Frida Kahlo Museum – Casa Azul/Diego Rivera Museum; Banco de Mexico Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo The Heard Museum presents a selection of more than 240 images from the 6,500 which are part of…

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Exhibition - Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings

This exhibit displays a complete body of work by one of the 20th century’s most significant artists. Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings features all 23 first editions of the Santa Clara Pueblo artist’s collection of copper plate etchings…

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Exhibition - The Houser Or Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century

The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century The Heard pays homage to the birth of a child and a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. In 1914, the Chiricahua Apache people were released from their status as…

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Exhibition - Las Favoritas De Frida: Selections From The Heard Collection

What would Frida Kahlo wear? What kinds of folk art would she surround herself with? To answer those questions, the Heard went to the Phoenix Fridas. This collective of nine artists founded a decade ago draw inspiration by Frida Kahlo’s life,…

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Exhibition - Super Heroes: Art Action Adventure

Tales of superheroes inspire people to bravery and spark the imagination of both children and adults. Superheroes may be animals, humans or magical beings who speak, transform and use their special powers to fight evil and help others. Many…

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Exhibition - Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport And Art

Sports have played a pivotal role in American Indian tribal communities; in fact, many contemporary sports are rooted in traditional tribal sporting games. Lacrosse and surfing have long been attributed to indigenous peoples, while other games such…

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Exhibition - Time Exposures

Time Exposures : A Photographic History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century In this exhibit, the people of Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico tell their own story — their history and the lasting effects of 19th century changes on their lives…

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Exhibition - Loloma : ExpressionsIin Metal, Ink And Clay

Few know that, in addition to being one of Native America’s most beloved and acclaimed jewelers, Charles Loloma (Hopi) also created beautiful pen and ink abstract drawings of landscape and katsina figures. The exhibit will offer fresh insights…

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Holidays at the Heard 2014

A Southwestern tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a must-see for your family, friends and out-of-town guests, starting Friday, December 26, and continuing through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Visitors can enjoy fry bread as they experience…

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Exhibition - Modern Spirit: The Art Of George Morrison

The first comprehensive retrospective of a key Native American modernist, Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection…

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Exhibition - That's The Way I Like It!

This is one poll where no clear winners are a good thing. In giving preferences for favorite art works proposed for the exhibit That’s the Way I Like It!, visitors to the Heard Museum and its Facebook page showed such strong support among the…

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Exhibition - Chocolate Chili And Cochineal: Changing Taste Around The World

Chocolate joins many other delectably displayed depictions of foods in the Heard’s presentation about several edibles many people might be surprised to know are from the Americas. The exhibit explores foods — chili, tomatoes, potatoes,…

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Exhibition - The Houser Haozous

The Heard pays homage to the birth of a child and a 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…

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Exhibition - Thats's The Way I Like It

The Heard pays homage to the birth of a child and a 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…

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Exhibition - Build Toy Brick Art

You've seen the movie. Don't miss the exhibit! LEGO® brick art in its many creative and surprising forms comes to the Heard Museum this summer, with plenty of hands-on components for the whole family! Be amazed at the ingenuity of American…

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13th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace

The nation's largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers will show and sell their unique creations at the 13th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace.Enjoy musical performances, carving demonstrations and drawings. Hopi carvers will show and sell their…

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Exhibition - Stories Outside the Lines: American Indian Ledger Art

The Heard journeys beyond the Southwest in this exhibit, which has been expanded from its original showing the Heard Museum North Scottsdale. Ledger book drawing began in the late 19th century when several tribes of the Great Plains were relocated…

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Exhibition - Georgia O'keeffe In New Mexico

Georgia O'keeffe In New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam And The Land This exhibit, organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe., N.M., with appropriate Hopi katsina dolls curated by the Heard, focuses on O’Keeffe’s…

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Holidays at The Heard

Experience Southwestern and American Indian culture with artist demonstrations, entertaining music, fry bread, exciting dance performances, book signings and hands-on activities offered at the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix. Schedule: Thursday,…

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Harvest Feast: An Edible Gallery

Thanksgiving-time is the perfect time to visit the Heard Museum and learn more about Native Peoples. From a Harvest Feast dinner on Thanksgiving day and our Ornament Marketplace to shopping and our new exhibit Echoes, Fire, and Shadows, there’s…

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James Pepper Henry Named New Director & CEO of Heard Museum

James Pepper Henry has been named as the Heard Museum’s director and CEO. Henry comes to the Heard after a successful six-year tenure at the AnchorageMuseum at Rasmuson Center, Alaska’s premier art, history and science institution.…

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Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair And Market 2013

This year's theme: "Weaving Worlds with Wool," a celebration of the weaver's art. The Indian Fair features more than 700 top American Indian artists. Visitors get firsthand access to artists and can view and purchase handmade, authentic…

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Heard Museum Shops Annual Fall Sale

This twice-yearly shopping event offers discounts on the finest authentic American Indian artwork. Almost everything from katsina dolls and jewelry to baskets, textiles, pottery and fine art will be 10% off. Heard Museum members save an extra 10%…

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Heard Guild Presents Gregory McNamee

Encanto Room Gregory McNamee is a writer, journalist, editor, photographer and publisher. He is the author or title-page editor of 35 books and more than 4,000 periodical publications , including articles, essays, reviews, interviews,…

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Heard Guild Meeting

Steele Auditorium October 17, 9 a.m.; lecture, 10:30 a.m. Speaker: Jackie Ibarra, reading/math coach and 21st Century Coordinator of Hunters' Point Boarding School in Fort Defiance on the Navajo Reservation. Many of her children have…

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New Hours, Admission Rates Begin at Heard Museum Phoenix

Beginning October 1, all Heard Museum Phoenix operations-the museum, Heard Museum Shop and Books & More-will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The hours for the Courtyard Café and the…

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Two Code Talker Exhibits to Open at Heard Museum

Native Words, Native Warriors and Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano Complemented by Art and Artifacts PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Heard Museum will debut two exhibits designed to tell the story of the Code Talkers, the American…

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Heard Museum North Scottsdale Begins Summer Hours, Announces New Photography Contest

Phoenix, AZ - Enjoy Cool Galleries, Café, Shop and Compete for Prizes in a new Photography Contest Heard Museum North Scottsdale, the Heard’s community branch, will begin its summer schedule on Friday. June 1. The museum and the Heard…

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Beyond Face Value

The exhibition offers a chance to view work by several generations of artists, including master artists who have influenced artists who are currently creating new works. Not to be missed are self portraits by Fritz Scholder and R.C. Gorman, which…

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50th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

See the work of more than 670 artists at this year’s Indian Fair & Market! A Valley tradition for a quarter of a century, Arizona’s largest Indian market draws the nation’s finest jewelers, beadworkers, painters, sculptors,…

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Heard Museum Council American Indian Art And Artifacts Appraisal Day

The Heard Museum Guild Native American Student Art Show & Sale - one of the few events celebrating the achievements of young Native artists - offers an incomparable selection of artwork for viewing and purchase. Visitors can peruse through more…

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