Aaron Pyle, a graduate of the Texas State University schools of music and anthropology, is a registered member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a member by blood of the Cherokee Nation. Pyle has guest lectured on Native American music for the world music course at Texas State University as well as the school’s 2008 second annual Cultural Awareness Conference.
Pyle launched an indigenous music project, Hakloka, during his tenure as the president of the Texas State University Native American Student Association and was the primary composer and business manager for the group. Since then, he has performed his original compositions and traditional songs on the Native American flute at numerous venues around the state.
Emma Ortega, the Apache storyteller “Grandmother Emma” has performed for the past 30 years. She is a visual artist who paints and produces sculptures, and is a constant participant in powwows across the state. “Grandmother Emma” offers entertaining animal stories and spellbinding songs to warm the hearts of audiences of all ages.
The Xitontequisa, or Aztec dancing as it is commonly known, is a native tradition of ancient Mexico. Cuicani In Xochitl is dedicated to preserving this cultural treasure and sharing it with all communities. They perform extensively throughout Texas and surrounding states.