From its first year of programming in 2007 the Institute has expanded from six school presentations in Austin to twelve volunteer staff-persons, twelve major programs, and four umbrella projects.
Our programs: Nakum Press, Nakum Online Journal, Coahuiltecan Language, Performances, Repatriation, Speakers, Sacred Sites, Sacred Springs Powwow, Youth Arts, Xinachtli Project, Indigenous Peoples Day, and Library and Archives. Our umbrella projects are: Ameyali Gardens, Healing School, Laredo Powwow, Women of the Water.
The Spring Lake area, referred to as the Sacred Springs, is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited sites in North America. The Sacred Springs Powwow honors the ancestors who lived, died, and were buried in this area, by bringing our people together at this site to experience the beauty, grandeur, and spiritual essence of our Mother Earth. This special place, with its sacred water, resonates with the powerful presence of our ancestors’ spirits. Visit our sacred waters on a glass bottom boat tour and join us for an experience that you’ll remember forever – a unique and extraordinary powwow on the shores of our Sacred Springs.
Reviving this indigenous language through ceremonial songs and summer camp lessons
Peer reviewed academic journal of articles and reviews by Native writers
An initial publishing platform for Native authors to launch their writings
Referral and booking services for Native performance artists
Reburying ancestors’ remains unearthed from Texas soil, stored in card-board boxes nationwide
Supporting projects that protect the sacred sites of Mother Earth
Referral and booking services for Native lecturers and presenters
Classes and camps restoring the indigenous identity to Hispanic youth