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    Dear Relations, we hope you can help us spread the word about this historic
    event. Thank you so much, Maria Rocha

    What: First Native American Conference held at the M.A.C.C.
    When: Friday, October 31, 2008, 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM
    Where: Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin,
    Contact: Mario Garza, [email protected],
    More info:

    The City of Austin’s Mexican American Cultural Center (M.A.C.C.) joins the
    Indigenous Cultures Institute and Great Promise for American Indians to
    present the Original Texas Indians Conference, the first Native American
    conference to be held at the M.A.C.C. on October 31, from 9:00 AM until 4:30
    PM, with registration starting at 8:30 AM. This one-day event is the
    culmination of a year-long series of lectures held at the M.A.C.C.
    Last edited by 2lineCarrandMorgan; 10-06-2008, 07:30 AM.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass..It's about learning to dance in the rain. for me and the wolf

  • #2

    When the Spaniards first arrived in what is now Texas and northeastern
    Mexico, they encountered more than 200 bands of Native Americans in this
    area. Historical, archaeological, and linguistic studies show that many
    Mexican Americans are actually descendants of these ancient people,
    collectively named “Coahuiltecans.” On Friday, October 31st, five lectures
    will present information about these original Texans and other topics
    impacting the Native American communities today.

    Dr. Mario Garza will share little known historical and cultural information
    on the identity and ancestral legacy of these original Americans. Dr.
    Garza, from the Meakan/Garzas Band of the Coahuiltecans, states, “The
    majority of research about these Coahuiltecan groups is scarce and little is
    known about their culture and history. My lecture “Gente de Razón” provides
    researched information about these original Texas Indians.” Dr. Garza is
    executive director of Indigenous Cultures Institute and has years of
    experience working with Native American communities.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass..It's about learning to dance in the rain. for me and the wolf


    • #3
      Cemelli De Aztlan, currently a student at Harvard University, will present
      her research on the plight of indigenous communities and the most recent
      adoption by the United Nations of the International Declaration of
      Indigenous Rights. “I’ve done fieldwork on tribal governance and I’ve
      witnessed firsthand how native languages and culture are eroding in this
      country,” says De Aztlan. “The People of the First Nation are disappearing,
      losing their identity and culture, while globally indigenous people are
      fighting for their rights.” In her lecture, De Aztlan will share her
      passion about indigenous rights and the most current research available.

      Carlos Aceves holds a Master’s degree in Education, and has developed an
      innovative and effective teaching curriculum for elementary students, based
      on ancient indigenous concepts. “I went to Mexico and talked with
      indigenous people about their Aztec calendar, about the symbols. And they
      gave me information that far surpasses anything archeologists have uncovered
      about this amazing cultural treasure.” Aceves teaches mathematics,
      geometry, astronomy, sociology, and many more topics, all using the Aztec
      calendar, and will detail this knowledge in his lecture.
      Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass..It's about learning to dance in the rain. for me and the wolf


      • #4
        Mark Standing Eagle Baez and his family live on the Navajo Reservation in
        Window Rock, Arizona, and he is currently working on his Ph.D. in
        Psychology. Baez has studied Native American healing practices through
        years of dedication to ceremony and apprenticeships with indigenous healers.
        His lecture will focus on some of the general information he has learned,
        and on how northern U.S. tribes have similar practices to indigenous people
        from the Rio Grande Delta.

        Dr. Garza will present the final lecture on the contributions of Native
        Americans. He will share little known facts about indigenous contributions
        such as brain surgery, image projectors, genetic engineering and more. Garza
        explains about the Olmec’s image projector, “American Indians invented an
        astounding mechanism that could project an image into another room. This
        innovation terrified the Spaniards when they first observed it and it was
        condemned as a work of the devil, because it was so far from their
        understanding.” This lecture is a thought provoking re-examination of
        pre-Columbian Native Americans
        Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass..It's about learning to dance in the rain. for me and the wolf


        • #5
          The conference is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for
          the 45 minute lunch break, for a $5 donation; please call for lunch
          reservations, 1-512-393-3310 or email [email protected]. For
          further details call 512-393-3310 and visit Indigenous Cultures Institute.

          This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the
          state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
          Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass..It's about learning to dance in the rain. for me and the wolf


          • #6
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            • #7
              Thank you ,
              Mr. G
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