Indigenous Cultures Institute

We work to preserve the cultures of the Native Americans indigenous to Texas and northern Mexico while maintaining our covenant with sacred sites.

Three Ancestors




Our Community

Possibly as many as 600 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.


& Projects

SUBSCRIBE to the TLOKE NAUOKE YouTube channel for indigenous lessons for children.

Sacred Springs Powwow

AUG 1 – OCT 2, 2021
Online, virtual celebration of Native American culture featuring video dance contests with $8,000 in prizes. Join us for the grand finale and prize awards on OCT 2 at: www.SSpowwow.com.


RESTING IN PEACE – The Miakan-Garza Band, a state-legislature-recognized tribe of Texas, seeks to rebury three ancestral remains held by UT Austin HERE. Also, a fight to rebury Native remains in Texas, written by Mary Huber, published by Compass Cultural, HERE. 

Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet

B. Iden Payne award winning play: Best Production, Best Director Rudy Ramirez – TYA category. This indigenous play for young audiences available for online viewing in Spring 2021. Contact us to book viewings for classrooms, theaters, and community forums.

For more children’s programming subscribe to the Tloke Nauoke YouTube channel.


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