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.

Additional information


Folk Arts

Contact name

Maria Rocha

Contact address

PO Box 1414 San Marcos TX 78667

Phone 1


Phone 2

Public performance

$500 – $3500

School performance

$100 – $1500

Workshop fees

$500 – $2000

Travel per diem lodging

$200 – $1000


San Marcos


Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, Schools

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle

Venue size

Medium, Smaller, Very Large

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