Manuel Davila

Manuel Davila is a 2Spirit Coahuiltecan tradition keeper Native to Yanaguana, commonly known as San Antonio, Texas. As a horticulturist and herbalist by trade, combined with their formal education in Pharmacy, they use their knowledge to educate the community on the Beneficial native flora of the area. They are currently the Cultural Arts Manager for American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM), which focuses on preservation of the culture of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation. Their work focuses on raising awareness for the legacy behind south Texas indigenous arts and foods and maintaining a decolonial approach to the history of Yanaguana/San Antonio. Manuel is also a community organizer who has worked on campaigns focused on immigration, heritage nutrition, land restoration and climate sustainability for the past ten years. They have represented San Antonio at the Celebration of Basketry and Native Food Gathering as well as at the 2017 People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. Manuel has been featured in the New York Times, San Antonio Express News, SA Current, The Washington Post, Democracy Now, The Albuquerque Journal, The Rivard Report, Edible Magazine and for their invaluable work.  

Culturally Specific Art Category

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  • Cotton textiles dyed with onion skins


  • A virtual tour of 3 of the San Antonio ,Texas missions, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo and Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima de Acuna

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