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June 24th, 2010
Library to host lecture series on Hispanic identity

062310garzaDr. Mario Garza with friend, Matzoh. Garza will give a series of lectures at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street, starting on Saturday. Matzoh will not be in attendance. Photo courtesy


Dr. Mario Garza, renowned local artist, lecturer and musician, will give a series of lectures at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins, on the complex evolution of the Hispanic identity.  The first lecture, “Untold Truths” will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. The lecture series is presented by the Indigenous Cultures Institute (ICI).

According to the ICI, 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. Dr. Garza will explore social and historical factors that influenced Hispanics to reject their Native American heritage and embrace the Spanish-European identity.

Dr. Garza will present two subsequent lectures — “We Have Survived” on July 31 from 1-4 p.m. and “We Will Remain” on Aug.28 from 10 a.m.-noon.

On Aug. 28, genealogist Xoxi Nayapiltzin will give a workshop on non-traditional methods used in tracing indigenous ancestry from 1:30-4 p.m.

For more information on the lecture series, call the Indigenous Cultures Institute at (512) 393-3310.

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