UTSA | COEHD | University of Texas at San Antonio | College of Edcuation and Human Development
Tue, August 20, 2019
Dr.  Marissa I Munoz

Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  -  Curriculum & Instruction




     

Biography


“Land is, therefore we are." Bang et al. (2014)

In the Carrizo/Comecrudo language, the ancestral place name of San Antonio, Texas, is Yanawena, meaning "the place where I rest my head."

In Coahuilteca, a pidgin language shared many distinct Indigenous peoples across the greater region, the term Yanaguana means "spirit waters."

Either version is acceptable as a respectful form of acknowledgement of the land, water, and many generations of caretakers of the greater community, which includes the Estok'Gna, Coahuilteca, Tlaxcalteca, Apache and Comanche, as well as assorted other band-based peoples Indigenous to the territories now called south Texas. 

These are my ancestral territories, and familial genealogies.   I am honored to live and work in San Antonio as a critically engaged educator/activist/scholar/relative/community member.