Youth Programs

The Institute works with the local school district to provide educational presentations and activities about the indigenous identity of Hispanics and Native American contributions to society. Institute professionals help students to learn about their indigenous heritage and build a sense of pride and belonging to a vital and vibrant culture and legacy.

The Institute also provides youth programs in community settings for after school presentations, workshops, and classes. These include classes such as traditional Chichimeca danza, Native American flute playing, and summer camps. Click HERE for photos of the 2013 summer camp.

The Xinachtli Project presents classes for youth and their families, teaching indigenous knowledge about topics such as food, health, the environment, and values.

Sacred SpringsYouth ARTS

For students, grades 3rd - 5th
Starting February 9 through May 4, Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM.
Instrument-making, Native American flute playing, jewelry-making, Dia de los Muertos masks, painting Aztec calendar birthday signs. Held at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, 211 Lee Street, San Marcos, TX
Reserve a spot, call: (512) 878-0640
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Indigenous Arts Summer Camp

Indigenous arts taught by Native artists, July 7 - 11, 2014. CLICK HERE for PHOTOS.


July 7: Dr. Mario Garza teaching little known facts about Native contributions and basics on the Native American Flute. He also will be teaching arts through the cosmos. Diana Barragan teaching basics of Danza movements and regalia.
July 8: Dr. Mario Garza teaching advanced techniques on the Native American Flute. Dr. Garza teaching advanced knowledge of indigenous arts. Diana Barragan teaching first part of Permiso dance.
July 9: Art instructor teaching basics on Aztec birth date symbols and painting on cloth regalia. U.T. Austin Team teaching indigenous concepts through movement. Diana Barragan teaching second part of Permiso dance.
July 10: Art instructor helping students complete their regalia painting. U.T. Austin Team helping students prepare performance piece. Diana Barragan helping students prepare performance piece.
July 11: All instructors helping students prepare exhibit and performances for families' reception at 5:30 PM.

Thank you so much and that’s not coming only from me.  I believe the whole camp is thanking you. The way you worked so hard and asked permission for everything makes me honor you. Thanks to you I personally learned that I can tell stories, not only that I learned about, but I can make my own. And I’m sure some day, this will be a story too. -- Luis Enrique Gonzalez-Aponte, Indigenous Arts Camp student


Learning balance2012 Sacred Springs Summer Arts Camp

2012 Phoenix students' performance

Sacred Springs ARTS flute decoration class