SAN MARCOS: Hispanics’ Indigenous Identity: Lecture Series; Genealogy Workshops

What: Hispanics’ Indigenous Identity:  Lecture Series & Genealogy Workshop
When: June 26 – Untold Truths; July 31 – We Have Survived; August 28 – We Will Remain, and Genealogy Workshop
Where: San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos, Texas
Contact: For more information contact Dr. Mario Garza, (512) 393-3310,,  or visit
Indigenous Cultures Institute is unveiling its lecture series about Hispanics being Native Americans, followed by a genealogy workshop to help this population research and embrace their indigenous ancestry.  The nonprofit organization joins the San Marcos Public Library in presenting “Hispanics’ Indigenous Identity – Lecture Series & Genealogy Workshop.”  The first workshop, “Untold Truths” by Dr. Mario Garza, is scheduled for June 26, 2010, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos, Texas.
The three-lecture series focuses on the complex evolution of the Hispanic identity – social and historical factors that influenced Hispanics to reject their Native American heritage and embrace a Spanish-European identity. At the third lecture, genealogist Xoxi Nayapiltzin will present non-traditional methods used in tracing indigenous ancestry.
During the past year of Native lectures, presentations, and events, Indigenous Cultures Institute has received an overwhelming number of requests for help in researching indigenous roots, many of them from Hispanics who were not descendants of federally recognized tribes.
“’I know I’m Indian,’ some people would say to me,” states Dr. Garza, who will present all three lectures. “’I just don’t know what kind,’ they’d say. A primary mission of our organization is to help individuals explore their indigenous ancestry and to feel proud about the tremendous contributions, innovations and future potential of their indigenous legacy.”
Dr. Garza’s first lecture will provide information about Hispanics’ indigenous ancestors – who they were, their enormous innovations and contributions to society, how political and social factors impacted their survival – and how they emerged into a new identity that suppressed their Native roots.
The second lecture, “We Have Survived” is scheduled for July 31st from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and the third lecture, “We Shall Remain” and genealogy workshop are set for August 28 starting at 10:00 AM.  On August 28, the genealogy workshop is scheduled from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, also at the Library.
“Most Hispanics can’t use traditional methods to trace their roots, like birth certificates and land titles,” says Nayapiltzin.  He will discuss the methods he used to research and discover over 200 of his ancestors, such as Mission records, tribal migrations and settlements, and alternative processes.
All presentations are free and open to the public.  For further details call 512-393-3310, or visit The genealogy workshop is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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