Performance/Backstage Video by Magic Spoon Productions: YANA WANA'S LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET, Teatro Vivo & Indigenous Cultures Institute

(video by José Lozano, Magic Spoon Productions)


Thirteen-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective.  There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes​ an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride.  You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere.  A beautiful, original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.


The children's play Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet, written by Miakan Garza and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, was produced in October 2019 by the Indigenous Cultures Institute in partnership with the Teatro Vivo of Austin . The play was commissioned by the Dallas Children's Theater and premiered in Dallas on March 23, 2018. The play will tour into Central and South Texas communities in December, 2019.

Yana Wana's Legend of the Blue Bonnet
by Maria Rocha and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Teatro Vivo

October 04 - October 16, 2019
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street
Austin, TX, 78701

Public erformances at Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center, Austin, October 4-12, 2019
October 4-16, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 AM and 2 PM

Performance San Marco on Wednesday, October 16 at 7 PM

Touring performances will be between October 21-November 2.

Tickets are available on-line HERE.