Coahuiltecans were hunter-gatherers who roamed South Texas and northeastern Mexico, groups of native peoples whose language was all but lost were it not for the efforts of 18th century Franciscan missionaries to record elements of this unwritten language. But, now, you can discover these words during “Poetry from the Forgotten Words of Coahuiltecans” featuring Lisa Kay Adam, the author of “xuāi: mission, house, village, town,” on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.

Published by Lamar University Literary Press, Adam’s book is a series of poems using Coahuiltecan words and phrases, offering a window into the experiences of indigenous peoples during the Spanish colonial era. The book includes illustrations from a historical map of the region during that era. Along with the reading of select poems, Adam will invite the audience to join her in speaking some of these words not heard for hundreds of years. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by the author in the Museum Store following the presentation.

Adam grew up in Bishop, Texas, and obtained an undergraduate degree in anthropology and English from The University of Texas at Austin. She worked at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, where she earned a doctoral degree in historical geography and anthropology at Louisiana State University. Her writing has been published in the Nature Conservancy Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor. Currently, she works at the Museum of South Texas History.

Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.

About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003, following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.