WHAT: Sacred Springs Powwow & Indian Market
WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM;
At 10:00 AM – Blessing at the Sacred Springs
WHERE: Aquarena Center, 921 Aquarena Springs Dr., San Marcos, Texas
WHO: Featuring Keetoowah Cherokee champion dancer David Hoskins as Head Man Dancer.
CONTACT: Maria Rocha, (512) 393-3310; ICIinfo@IndigenousCultures.org; www.IndigenousCultures.org.
San Marcos’ sacred springs will reawaken when over one hundred Native American powwow dancers and
participants arrive for the much anticipated Sacred Springs Powwow & Indian Market, held on Saturday, May 1, 2010,
from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM at Aquarena Center, 921 Aquarena Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas. The event is
sponsored by a local Native American nonprofit organization, Indigenous Cultures Institute, with support from Hays
County, the City of San Marcos, San Marcos Arts Commission, Texas State University, CenturyLink, Austin Monthly, and Pendleton Outlet.
“The Sacred Springs area is one of the oldest inhabited sites in North America and Native people believe it’s one
of three creation sites where we originated,” says Dr. Mario Garza, board chair of the institute. “Over the next several
years, this event will bring together hundreds of Native people not only from the United States, but from all of the
Americas.” Garza refers to the institute’s plans for a heritage festival to be added to the powwow slated for 2011.
“We’re working to fulfill the ancient prophecy belonging to several nations, that when the Eagle and Condor reunite, there
will be peace and harmony on Mother Earth. We’re reuniting the Native people of this hemisphere in a cultural
Activities will begin at 10:00 AM with a blessing at the Sacred Springs. The powwow will feature Keetoowah
Cherokee champion dancer David Hoskins as Head Man Dancer, Comanche renowned traditional singer Lance
Tahchawwickah as Head Southern singer, and Texas-fame Eagle Point as the Northern Drum. A major Indian Market
will be held in conjunction with the powwow, offering the largest gathering of Native American arts, crafts, and food
vendors ever assembled in San Marcos. Food booths will offer the ever popular Native fry bread tacos, healthy buffalo
burgers, roasted corn, turkey legs, chicken shish kabobs, and a variety of sweets like kettle corn, funnel cake, and snow
cones. Arts and crafts will include a large selection ranging from Southwest jewelry, pottery, moccasins, Native dolls,
stone oil lamps, breast plates and other relic replicas, to fine art paintings, weavings, and sculptures.
At 5:00 PM, Dallas Aztec dance company Cuicani In Xochitl will make a special guest appearance in honor of
this first powwow. Famous for their dynamic and physically demanding dance movements and their spectacular regalia,
this dance group guarantees a dazzling finale to the indigenous festivities.
Indigenous Cultures Institute organized the local Native community to provide education and information about
Native Americans, particularly from this area, southern Texas, and northern Mexico. Their first major event in San
Marcos, “Songs of the Seven Directions” music festival, was held at the Aquarena Center’s Earth Day Celebration in
April 2009. They have since produced several Native functions including “Eagle and Condor” dance exhibition,
“Hispanic’s Indigenous Identity” lecture series, “Tracing Indigenous Ancestry” genealogy workshop, and the “Seven
Directions Art Exhibit – celebrating Native American culture. ” For more information visit www.IndigenousCultures.org