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WE ARE PARKS AND RECREATION
To Relate: Indigenous Views on Native
American Historical Events in Texas
By Auva Saghafi
O
akwood Cemetery, founded in 1839, is the final resting place
of many people who are considered the founders of Austin,
Texas. Their stories are told from generation to generation and
taught in schools, but in many cases, Native Americans are either
left out of these stories or depicted in a negative light. Amy Heath, a
member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and former employee at Oakwood
Cemetery, did some investigating and created an exhibit, titled " To
Relate: Indigenous Views on Native American Historical Events in Texas, "
to help tell the other side of the story.
" As an enrolled member of the
Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, these
stories are my family history, " says
Heath. " Even if no one reads the
project, the information I learned
about my own direct ancestors is
worth the world to me. "
A lot of Texas land that has been
transformed into cities was first
established by Native Americans.
Austin was once inhabited by Indigenous
American
groups
and
was
a central meeting spot across
the state. The word " Texas " even
comes from the Indigenous American
word, meaning ally or friend.
The stories of these Indigenous
American groups are a big part of
Texas' history, yet they haven't been
properly told. By focusing on the
Austin-specific stories, as well as
the larger Native American history
of Texas, in the exhibit, Heath and
other exhibit creators hope that the
descendants of these tribes will feel
seen and understand their importance
in history. They also want
the Texas community to be able to
connect with these stories. Visitors
can view maps, showing the areas
that were inhabited by Indigenous
American groups. Some of these
maps focus
specifically on wellknown
parks in Texas.
Amy Heath, a member of the Caddo
Nation of Oklahoma and former employee
at Oakwood Cemetery, created
an exhibit that tells the stories of Native
Americans who first lived on the land
now known as Austin, Texas.
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" By focusing on local city parks,
I think that it makes it easier for the
general public to relate to the history
of the people who lived here
before, " says Heath.
Heath, who is a geospatial analyst,
created these new maps to show the
importance of looking at Texas' historical
events from an Indigenous
American point of view, and how it
has directly influenced life today. The
patterns revealed by the maps portray
what was important to the first
peoples of Texas, which have had a
direct influence on why people live
where they do now.
" Once I learned about the El
Camino Real de Los Tejas National
Historic Trail, which goes from
Northwest Louisiana into Texas,
through Austin, and down to Mexico
City, it became this thread that
tied the whole history of Texas together, "
says Heath.
Native American stories have been
ignored in history, but it is important
to show that these tribes still exist,
and that each tribe has its own important
history. By presenting their
" To Relate " digital exhibit, Oakwood
Cemetery Chapel and Heath
hope to share the stories of Native
American tribes indigenous to Texas,
as well as those who were there
because of American expansion.
To view the exhibit, visit tinyurl.
com/yhxsc5k4.
Auva Saghafi is Exhibit Assistant at
City of Austin Parks and Recreation
Department (auva.saghafi@
austintexas.gov).
PHOTO COURTESY OF AUVA SAGHAFI

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