Dr. Mario Garza will give his second lecture on Hispanic identity on Saturday.
The Indigenous Cultures Institute’s second lecture in a series on the evolution of the Hispanic identity, “We Have Survived” by Dr. Mario Garza, will be on Saturday (July 31) from 1-4 p.m. at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street.
Garza’s first lecture in the series was “Untold Truths” given on June 26. His third and final lecture, “We Will Remain,” will be on Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. After the third lecture, genealogist Xoxi Nayapiltzin will give a workshop on non-traditional methods used in tracing indigenous ancestry from 1:30-4 p.m.
In the lecture series, Garza hopes to shed some light on why many Hispanics have rejected their Native American heritage and, instead, embrace the Spanish-European identity. The Indigenous Cultures Institute proposes that a large segment of the U.S. is composed of people who identify themselves as Mexican-American, Latino or Hispanic when they may actually be descendants of the Coahuiltecans.
For more information on the lecture series, call the Indigenous Cultures Institute at (512) 393-3310.