The AAMHC developed from the idea that we can do it ourselves. In the 1970s and 80s a Zuni museum had been proposed but fell short after architectural drawings were prepared but no funds were available to move forward with construction of a building. Also, it occurred to some that the plan to construct a building and later think about putting things in it and call it a “museum” was really like putting a horse in front of the cart. It also did not adequately consider the rationale and purpose for a Zuni museum. Consequently, a group of interested community members met several times over the course of a year to study the concept of a museum, what a museum means, the baggage and history of museums in general, and how might the group redefine what a museum might mean to Zuni. Ultimately the group decided what Zuni really needs is a place for Zuni to understand why we are the way we are. Soon afterwards the group incorporated as a non-profit organization and the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center was born.