Preserving the cultures of Native Americans indigenous to Texas and northern Mexico and maintaining our covenant with sacred sites.

The Coahuiltecan language is considered extinct because less than 1,000 people now speak this language.  The Institute is dedicated to the study and revival of the Coahuiltecan language, through ceremonial songs and lessons that provide easy access to learning.

For a Coahuiltecan language dictionary and other relevant information published by the Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, visit the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Coahuiltecan Ceremonial Songs CD

The Institute released its Coahuiltecan Traditional Ceremonial Songs CD and accompanying manual. This manual is made available to members of the Coahuiltecan community and people who follow an indigenous, ceremonial path. 

For more information please contact the Institute.

Songs from CD with translations

Click on the button above the song for YouTube listening.

Water Spirit Song

(Opening song)

Yana yana, yawana yo
Yana yana, yawana yo
Yana yana, yawana yo
Yana yana, yawana yo
Yan eya na ei nei

Yana yana, yawana yo
Yana yana, yawana yo
Yana eya na ei nei yo way.

“Water Spirit, that’s all there is. That’s all that there is.”

Water Spirit Song #2

(Opening song)

Maham e yana yana wana yo
Maham e yana yana wana yo
Maham e yana yana wana yo
Maham e yana yana wana yo
Eya na ei ney
Maham e yana yana wana yo
Eya na ei nei yo way.

“Have you partaken of Spirit, Water Spirit, that is in all (Earth Life).”

Water is Everything

(Opening song)

Yana yana yo yana yo yo yo
Yana yana yo yana yo yo yo

(change tone down)
Yana yana yo yana yo yo yo

(change tone down)
Yana yana yo yana yo yo yo

Yana wana yo yana yohui noEya na ei nei yo way.

“Water is life, it is everything, everything, everything. Water Spirit forms living things. With all that there is.”

Road Chief

(Opening song)

Yana wei ney neyo, iya xa we nayo
Yana wei ney neyo, iya xa we nayo
Yana wei ney neyo, iya xa we nayo
Yana wana iya xa we ney, 
Eya na ei nei yo way.

“Moved by the life of water we sing and dance to everything. Water Spirit we sing and dance, with all that there is.”

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