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April 10 Symposium Will Focus on ‘Native Tejas’

Symposium has been organized by the Paideia cohort on Indigeneity

Southwestern University is hosting a symposium titled “Native Tejas: Bridging the Past, Present, and Future” on Thursday, April 10, from  4-6 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballrooms.

The symposium has been organized by Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, and students in his Paideia cohort on Indigeneity. It will feature presentations by speakers from three different native American nations.

Charlotte McCurtain, who is a member of the Comanche Nation, will give a presentation titled “The Muesebach-Comanche Treaty of 1847: Comanches and German Settlers in Fredericksburg, Then and Now.”

Mario Garza, co-founder of the Indigenous Cultures Institute in San Marcos, will give a presentation titled “Coahuiltecans: The Original Peyote People.”

Margo Tamez, a member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas and assistant professor of  Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia, will give a presentation titled “Nde Konitsaaii gokiyaa: Lipan Apache Territorial Knowledge, Claims, and Rights in ‘Texas’.”

A panel discussion will be moderated by Shannon Speed, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and director of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Program at UT-Austin.

Following the presentations, Tahmahkera and his students will plant a tree near the Lord Center in honor of native peoples who have called Georgetown and Central Tejas home.

Current and former members of the Paideia cohort who have been involved with planning the symposium are Kristina Chaka, Shelby Gebhart, Sara Goodman, Nicole Hewitt, Julia Hollingsworth and Julius Young.

The symposium is being held two days before the 10th annual SU Native Powwow, which will be held April 12 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. in the Robertson Center. Both events are free and open to the public.