By Analisa Terrell

Join us on Friday, November 4, 2022 for a lunch and learn celebration of Native American History Month on the Wharf at Avenida Houston.

Enjoy musical and dance performances, "lite bite" foods, cultural displays and a featured discussion of the past and present of Houston's Native American tribes by Chance Locinda Landry of the Lipan Apache Nation and the Founder, Curator, and President of the Southern Apache Museum.

The Thompson Family - Laura Thompson and sons Jarrod "Jed" Thompson, Neal Thompson, and Waylon Thompson - of the Coushatta Nation, will perform traditional music and dances and share stories to illuminate the history of local tribes. 

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For more information about the event, check out the program below.



11:30 am               

Welcome Remarks, Recognitions, and Introductions from Analisa Terrell, Manager, Sustainability and Administration at Houston First

11:35 am

Featured Discussion: Historical Synopsis of the Past and Present of Houston’s Native American Tribes and Languages  and Overview of Items on Display by Chance Locinda Landry of the Lipan Apache Nation

11:55 am

Music, Dance, and Stories Presented by The Thompson Family of the Coushatta Nation

    Chicken Dance / Grass Dance /
    Cloth or Corn Dance / Friendship Dance

12:15 pm

Q & A with Chance Locinda Landry

12:20 pm 

Recognition of Native American Veterans by Dr. LaShondra C. Jones, Ph.D., City of Houston Mayor's Office of Veterans and Military Affairs

12:25 pm

Flute Song

12:30 pm

Thanks and End of Program


About the Speakers and Performers

Photo of Native American dancer

Chance Locinda Landry is the Founder, Curator, and President of the Southern Apache Museum, an institution created in 2012 with the mission of "preserv[ing] the history, traditions, languages, and welfare of the Native American Indians that reside in Houston and surrounding area." Though the physical museum closed its doors in 2017, the mission lives on with The Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center (SPMCC), the first virtual Native American Indian museum and cultural center in Houston. Made possible in part by a grant from The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and the Houston Arts Alliance, the SPMCC allows visitors to learn more about indigenous nations by examining artifacts, art, music, and video in an online cultural center. To learn more about the Southern Apache Museum or tour The Southern Plains Museum and Cultural Center, visit


Event Location and Parking

View of Wharf on Avenida Plaza

The Wharf at Avenida Houston is located just out front of the George R. Brown Convention Center, close to Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. To find us using GPS, search the address 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010 or click here for driving directions. Parking is convenient at one of three parking garages on Avenida Houston. To check pricing, search for parking options downtown, or explore alternative transportation options, click here.


Special Discounted Tickets at Houston Museum of Natural Sciences to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

As a special perk to help celebrate Native American Heritage Month, the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is pleased to offer discounted ticket rates to view the exhibits in the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas, featuring artifacts that celebrate the broad and amazing cultures of indigenous peoples in the Americas. Discount tickets will be $10 per ticket with the code below, rather than the usual $25 per ticket rate.

To receive the discounted ticket price on your next visit, please follow the steps below:​

  • Visit
  • Enter password dino. Note: no caps or special characters.
  • Click on the red button that says “Print Coupon.” The entire page is the coupon.
  • Print the full page and take it with you, or pull up the link on mobile when you arrive at HMNS. 

Learn more about the exhibit at