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ITC Contemporary Indians of Texas Documentary Series

September 14, 2011

UTSA Special Collections has recently digitized the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Contemporary Indians of Texas Documentary Series, a collection of documentaries, teacher’s guides, and unedited documentary footage that was produced by the Institute of Texan Cultures between 1991-1994 with financial assistance provided by the Texas Committee for the Humanities and USAA. The digital collection includes over 42 hours of unedited documentary footage from the Daniel J. Gelo Papers, and three teacher’s guides and edited documentaries from the UTSA. Institute of Texan Cultures. Educational Programs Department Records, 1972-1991.

The three documentaries in the series include the People of the Sun: The Tiguas of Ysleta, Circle of Life: The Alabama-Coushattas, and Big City Trail: Urban Indians of Texas. People of the Sun: The Tiguas of Ysleta focuses on their struggle for federal recognition during the 1960s.  Circle of Life: The Alabama-Coushattas documents the life of the Alabama and Coushatta tribes who have lived together on a reservation at the edge of the Big Thicket in East Texas since the 1850s and focuses on their present-day life, showing how they have adapted to the larger culture surrounding them while keeping basic elements of their traditional culture and modifying outside elements to meet their needs.  Big City Trail: Urban Indians of Texas focuses on the 20, 000 American Indians in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as they face the challenge of blending traditional values with contemporary lives.

Documentaries

People of the Sun: The Tiguas of Ysleta

Circle of Life: The Alabama-Coushattas

Big City Trail: Urban Indians of Texas

Teacher’s Guides

People of the Sun: The Tiguas of Ysleta

Circle of Life: The Alabama-Coushattas

Big City Trail: Urban Indians of Texas

Unedited Documentary Footage

People of the Sun: The Tiguas of Ysleta

Circle of Life: The Alabama-Coushattas

Big City Trail: Urban Indians of Texas

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