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Oakwood Cemetery Chapel presents To Relate, a digital exhibit which seeks to relate Indigenous views on Native American historical events in Texas.
Oakwood Cemetery Chapel presents To Relate, a digital exhibit featured this October through December, 2021, which seeks to relate Indigenous views on Native American historical events in Texas.
To Relate reveals the true homelands of Native American Tribes who were Indigenous to Texas and explains their defined relationships to one another. It also relates how the word Texas which comes from an Indigenous word teja meaning ally or friend, originated from a collaborative relationship between tribes and settlers. The word was adopted by the Spanish to become Tejas and then, Texas.
The exhibit features an original video about the National Park Service Historic Trail that goes through Austin, called El Camino Real de los Tejas. In the video, Archaeologists Sergio and Melinda Iruegas, geographer Steven Gonzales, Nicole Netherton of Travis Audubon, and musician Brian Beattie help us see these familiar places with new eyes and relate the contemporary experience of Austin to the Indigenous experience of Austin. The El Camino Real de los Tejas original Native American trail routes developed into roads and highways, travel through cemeteries, parks and golf courses, and are near high schools, fresh water springs, and recreation areas which are actively used today.
To Relate is a project created by Oakwood Cemetery Exhibit Assistant and GIS analyst Amy Heath, who is a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. The exhibit includes maps, photographs and a substantial video project filmed and edited by Grey Ellis.
During the Austin Studio Tour in November, American Indian Heritage Month, To Relate will feature two projects: a digital art exhibit titled Native American Homelands by Native and Indigenous Artists. Artist Valerie Fowler and musician Brian Beattie will perform El Camino Real de los Tejas: Crankie Suite at Onion Creek Metropolitan Park on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.The performance is free and open to the public.
View the online exhibit at AustinTexas.gov/ToRelate.