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Professors to discuss history of Native American tribes on A&M-San Antonio soil

Professors to discuss history of Native American tribes on A&M-San Antonio soil - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Spanish and Mexican Land Grants plaque in front of the Central Academic Building at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on June 11, 2020. "History of Native Americans in the San Antonio Area" will focus on the history of Native Americans around the land of the A&M-San Antonio campus. Photo by Maegan Mendoza

History professors Dr. Amy M. Porter and Dr. Francis X. Galán will be live-streaming a lecture about Native American tribes that once resided on land that is now Texas A&M University-San Antonio, at 11 a.m on Nov. 10 on Zoom.

The event, “History of Native Americans in the San Antonio Area” is a part of the university’s annual American Indian Heritage Month, celebrating the long history and ongoing legacy of Native American culture throughout the month of November.

The one-hour event will cover the thousands of years of history of local indigenous tribes, Spanish settlement, as well as current-day cultural practices. 

“We’re going to be talking about different aspects of the history of Native Americans in the San Antonio area, and we are going to try to focus on the areas around the campus’s land,” Porter said in an interview Oct. 30 over Zoom. 

Both Porter and Galán have published books on the history of the Spanish borderlands and have conducted extensive research into the land in and around A&M-San Antonio.

The event is inspired by the work of Porter, Galán and other history faculty into uncovering records documenting the history of the native people that once inhabited this land.

Despite historical records dating native occupation back 10,000 years, the indigenous people of central Texas are some of the most poorly known of all the native groups in North America, according to a study by the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation. 

“As a historian of early America, I think the indigenous people have, probably, the most important stories to tell,” stated Porter, emphasizing the importance of continuing to teach Native American history.

Porter states Native Americans persevered in challenging environments, and their stories continue to offer important lessons for students today.

Other Indian American Heritage Month events include:

  • Traditional Dance Exhibition at 11 a.m, Nov. 12 in front of the Madla building.
  • Native American Children’s Literature Event at 12 p.m, Nov. 18 over Zoom.
  • Karankawa presentation at 12 p.m, Nov. 20 over Zoom.

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Gabrielle Tellez is a communications junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Social Media Editor at the Mesquite, minoring in English studies and specializing in digital marketing. When she isn't writing witty captions for social media, Tellez flexes her creative muscles by creating digital art using the latest design software. Certified in marketing strategies and local tourism, Tellez hopes to pursue her passions without straying too far from her beloved home of San Antonio.

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