The purpose of this research project is to facilitate intergenerational teaching and learning of Indigenous knowledge by the frontera communities of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo. Our river is our main source of clean water, and is also a militarized, international border between the US and Mexico. I used the stories and teachings of local Indigenous elders to create a Pedagogy of Water that focuses on the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo as part of the sacred, ancestral landscape of south Texas. This project strengthens the community by connecting multiple generations to the land and river where we live, and demonstrates the perseverance of Indigenous peoples and knowledges through time.

Author Biography

Dr. Marissa Aki’Nene Muñoz

Dr. Marissa Aki’Nene Muñoz is a Chicana, with ancestry that includes Esto’k Gna, Coahuilteca, Tlaxcalteca, and Wixairika peoples of what is today called South Texas and Northern Mexico. Marissa Muñoz is an assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, with a joint appointment in the department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Muñoz draws from her experience as a middle-school teacher, museum educator, and curriculum developer to inform her ongoing research that documents the Indigenous knowledge systems of frontera communities with/along/of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo.



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