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“Roots and Waterways” in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern


UPDATE: This event is now full. For any additional guests wishing to attend, we will be taking an in-person, first-come-first-served waiting list beginning exactly 30 minutes prior to each performance time.

Members of Colectiva Pochteca, the artist collective of Houston’s Calmecac Indigenous Organization, will come together for six unique concerts on the occasion of the Fall 2023 Equinox/September Harvest Moon. The vocal and drum performance will be comprised of Native American and Indigenous songs, cantos, arranged for the natural acoustics of the Cistern. Central to this presentation of songs from Deer Moon SisStars are songs for and about water, the elixir of the earth.

This performance kicks off Colectiva Pochteca’s fall residency along Buffalo Bayou which includes inter-generational creative and cultural programs. It celebrates the collective’s planting of a medicine wheel garden at Tony Marron Park in Houston’s East End, which will unfold in the coming months.

Performance Schedule:

Friday, September 29, 2023

6 – 9pm with performances every 30 minutes

Cost: Free


Free Registration


Please note: Registration is required for entry. Please only register if you plan to attend.

Limit 4 tickets per person. Ages 9+ only.

Once all spots are filled, we will be taking an in-person, first-come-first-served waiting list beginning exactly 30 minutes prior to each performance time.


About Colectiva Pochteca

Colectiva Pochteca is the artist collective arm of the Calmecac Indigenous Organization and is comprised only of artists that have participated in ceremonial work with the Calmecac over the last 25 years and include many disciplines including visual and performance art, traditional and native crafts, spoken word and native drumming and song. The Colectiva has deep ties to the East End community. In addition to family ties and long-time current residents in the East End for over 30 years, they hosted their first-ever free community classes at Eastwood and Mason parks as well as previous Indigenous Peoples Day community activities at Tony Marron park and annual memorial art exhibition for founding elder Daniel Antoon.


About Calmecac Indigenous Organization (Houston Aztec Dance & Drum Group) 

Calmecac Indigenous Organization (Houston Aztec Dance & Drum) is dedicated to learning and teaching Mexicayotl (Aztec) dancing, drumming, and Indigenous culture with integrity, pride, and respect. Founded in 2014 by Abuela M’api Rainflowa and her three children, who are from an eighth-generation Texan family and fourth generation family born and raised in Houston, Texas, the Calmecac creates educational sessions, both public and private, helping to establish a consistent Native American (Indigenous) presence in Houston for the past 25 years.

Most recently, the Calmecac, in partnership with the Prairie Association of Texas, has collaborated with the environmental sciences magnet at Lantrip Elementary this past school year where they have a community garden and a Brighter Bites food distribution site. They have also adopted Lantrip as the pilot school for the launch of the SEMILLAS program beginning with the rematriation awareness and recognition of indigenous lands event in March of 2023. The Calmecac and its founding family are currently the subject of a forthcoming PBS documentary series highlighting traditional communities across the United States.