Indigenous Cultures Institute offers performances for celebrations, educational events and other functions. We collaborate with professional Native American performers and provide them with referrals from presenters and producers who request their services. We help to negotiate the artist’s fees and travel arrangements.
Our organization is listed in the prestigious Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Support may be available to assist with our performance fees through the Arts Respond Performance Support grant application. For funding information visit Texas Commission on the Arts. Below are their Quarterly Deadlines for applications.
February 1, 2020 (for activities occurring March 15 -June 14, 2020)
May 1, 2020 (for activities occurring June 15 -August 31, 2020)
August 1, 2020 (for activities occurring Sept 1 -December 14, 2020)
November 1, 2020 (for activities occurring Dec 15, 2020-March 14, 2021)
February 1, 2021 (for activities occurring March 15 -June 14, 2021)
Please contact us to arrange one or more of the following performances and for a Press Kit to help your publicity efforts. (Sample Press Kit)
Artists & Groups
Aaron Pyle, Choctaw, plays the Native American flute, performing traditional songs and original compositions that are based on traditional Native music, enhanced by modern and jazz influences — an extraordinary, beautiful, unique style. Pyle earned his music degree from Texas State University and earned his master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate.
CUICANI IN XOCHITL
Cuicani In Xochitl are members of a family-oriented tradition, which utilizes motion as a medium to develop spiritual self-awareness. The Xitontequisa, or Aztec dancing as it is commonly known is a native tradition of ancient Mexico that survives today in spite of cultural and spiritual biases. Its survival in modern times is a testimony of its immense spiritual and cultural value.
Jose Dominguez is studying danza under the mentorship of Evelio Flores who leads the popular performance company Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli. Jose has learned how to lead and teach specific danza steps, explain their meaning and teach several dances such as the Permiso, Rabbit, and Eagle. His workshops include interactive participation from students and audiences. Jose is also a storyteller under the mentorship of renowned storyteller Dr. Mario Garza and is available for storytelling performances.
Jessica Mejia is an indigenous storyteller who studies under the mentorship of renowned storyteller Dr. Mario Garza. She shares some of Dr. Garza’s “Chato the Dog” tales as well as traditional animal stories. Mejia is a local San Marcos storyteller who has entertained children with stories about the sacred San Marcos River, the creation site of the Coahuiltecan people. Her stories include the bilingual (English and Coahuiltecan) story of how the people (pilam) came to be on Mother Earth (Tap Tai).
Mario Garza, PhD
MARK STANDING EAGLE BAEZ
Mark Standing Eagle Baez offers performances, which include the Eagle Dance. Baez uses a hand drum to accompany himself in traditional singing and he provides informative facts about his regalia, the heartbeat of the drum and many other Native American customs and traditions. These performances are inspirational, educational, and fun for both adult and children audiences.