Tejana Historias 

Indigenous Indentations & Transfrontera Transformations

Working Group/Comité

Lilia Raquel Rosas is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but also calls Austin home after living and working with its diverse communities for over two decades, including as the Executive Director of Red Salmon Arts. She is the proud daughter of a retired cook/former bracero and a retired domestica. She joined the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at UT Austin as an Assistant Professor of Instruction in 2018, where her teaching and research interests include relational and comparative Ethnic and Queer Studies through the histories of (me)Xicana/o/s, African Americans, women, indigeneity, and race and sexualities. Recently, Lilia Raquel was awarded a U.S. Latino Digital Humanities-Mellon Foundation Grants-in-Aid to initiate Tejana Historias: Indigenous Indentations and Transfrontera Transformations, a visual repository of Tejana experiences from the Paleoindian Period to the present for 2021-2022 and the Ellen Clarke Temple Research Fellowship in Texas Women’s History from Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women’s History for 2023 to continue the project. 

Aracely Lara is a muralist/artist based in Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mexican American Studies and English from UT Austin. She is currently working as a research assistant for Tejana Historias. She is also focused on transforming her research on communal healing and resistance through murals into several different pieces of writing. 

M L Mutrux is an assistant researcher for Tejana Historias. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, they have called Austin, Texas home since 2013. They are a part of Red Salmon Arts, Casa de Resistencia Books, an Austin-based non-profit dedicated to Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Indigenous cultural arts, as well as a writer focused on sci-fi and experimental prose. They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020.