Indigenous Cultures Institute
Indigenous Cultures Institute is touring Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet, a 50-minute play for young audiences written by Miakan-Garza tribal members, about the Coahuiltecan’s 'Mission Indians' version of how this blue flower first appeared in Texas. Commissioned by the Dallas Children’s Theater, it premiered in 2018 and the new 2019 production features an all-Native cast and crew. Modern-day Maria discovers her indigenous legacy through her grandmother’s ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a sacred deer to save her people with the gift of water and a blue flower. A different version than what’s in books, but as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas; illustrating the power of heritage and the value of every child’s personal gift. The Institute also sponsors Cuicani In Xochitl-- a dynamic Aztec dance company with dramatic sound, movement, and colorful regalia; Adrian Villegas-- award-winning, Emmy-nominated comedic performer, with uproariously funny, one-man show Barrio Daze and other works; Jessica Mejia-- Coahuiltecan storyteller for children audiences; Jose Dominguez-- Aztec Danza workshops and storytelling; Aaron Pyle-- accomplished composer/musician, Native American flute player; and Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli-- phenomenal Aztec dancers, with awe-inspiring, feathered regalia, and audience participation. Photo by Ulises Garcia.
PO Box 1414
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $500 - $3,500
school performance $100 - $1,500
workshop fees $500 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $1,000
Tale teller and author Donna Ingham takes the ancient art of storytelling and gives it a Texas twist in her finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her personal experiences. A recipient of the Tejas Storytelling Association’s John Henry Faulk Award and a National Storytelling Network ORACLE Award, she is also a champion liar, having been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Denton, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. A college English professor in her former life, she is an award-winning writer and producer of spoken word CDs, with six books and five CDs to her credit. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate stories for all ages and stages. She continues to offer her popular 'Tall Tales and True' programs adaptable for all ages, with some stories complemented by guitar, ukulele, or washboard accompaniment. Representative stories allow for multicultural elements and geographic scope. In addition to programs and performances for schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals, she also offers keynotes, luncheon and after-dinner speaking, author visits, workshops, and residencies. Photo by C. Y. Ingham.
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX 78669
public performance/concert $350 - $1,500
school performance $450 - $1,000
workshop fees $450 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $50 - $1,000
Ire'ne Lara Silva
Ire’ne Lara Silva is the author of three poetry collections, Furia, Blood Sugar Canto, and CUICACALLI/House of Song, and a short story collection, Flesh to Bone, which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, a collection of poetry and essays. Ire’ne is the recipient of a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award. Ire'ne is currently working on her first novel, Naci, and a second collection of short stories titled The Light of Your Body. Tour offerings include keynote addresses, readings of all her published work, including poetry, essays, and short stories, and seven writing workshops of varying lengths open to writers of all skill levels and genres. Topics include Gritos as the Source of Our Voices, Writing the Difficult, Women Writing Graphic Sex, Dismantling Doubt, Forget Discipline: Wanting Your Way Through Writing, Telling the Truth, and Essentials of Fiction. Photo by Octavio Quintanilla.
Ire'ne Lara Silva
409 E. William Cannon #107
Austin, TX 78745
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $500 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $750