This fall, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University partnered with the Indigenous Cultures Institute in San Marcos to produce a video about the Coahuiltecan history of Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Spring Lake and the San Marcos Springs are thought to be one of the oldest persistently inhabited sites by humans in North America. The Coahuiltecan People consider these "Sacred Springs" to be the site of their creation story.
Narrated by María Rocha, member of the Miakan/Garza Band and executive director of the Indigenous Cultures Institute, "Cuahuiltecan Creation Story" teaches viewers about napakō—Cuahuiltecan for "our journey." The Meadows Center launched the video in November in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
This film is a product of the Meadows Center's Spring Lake Digital Environmental Education Project (DEEP), an initiative that spotlights the cultural heritage of the lake, which is home to the Meadows Center and sees over twelve thousand visitors a year.
This project was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas.