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Indigenous Cultures Institute

More than 200 Native American groups were populating what is now central and southern Texas and northeastern Mexico when the Spanish invaders first arrived. Some historians erroneously report that these bands "disappeared". The Indigenous Cultures Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research and preservation of the culture, arts, traditions, ceremonies, and languages of this population, collectively known as Coahuiltecans.

The Institute presents educational programs on the identity and ancestral legacy of these Native Americans who have millions of descendants― currently labeled Mexican American, Latino, or Hispanic―still living in Texas and the U.S. Many of these descendants continue to practice their indigenous ceremonies, pray in their Native languages, and hold true to the values of their ancestors.

The Institute also strives to maintain our covenant with sacred sites. We partner with local community organizations and support groups outside of our area that are dedicated to preserving the natural environment of sites that indigenous people consider sacred. The San Marcos, Texas, Sacred Springs area is such a site, and we are committed to its protection and preservation.

We believe that an informed, educated, and thriving indigenous presence in our area is part of the larger, global effort working towards human rights and balance with our Mother Earth. We are all related.

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DESIGN CONTEST
Texas State Universtiy students are invited to design the 2017 powwow t-shirt image. For details CLICK HERE.

SUMMER CAMP CLOSING
CEREMONY
The Indigenous Arts Summer Camp will hold its final ceremony at the Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, on Friday, June 30th at 5:30 PM. The open-air event will feature an indigenous ceremony created by the students for their families and friends. The public is invited. Please bring blankets to sit on ground. Reception afterwards.



Explore an indigenous based, multi-language pedagogy developed by El Paso educator Carlos Aceves. More HERE.

 

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RESTING IN PEACE
A fight to rebury Native remains in Texas, written by Mary Huber,
published by
Compass Cultural.
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