Texas Maritime Museum

Native Americans

Native Americans

Karankawa: Coastal Culture and Resilience

Discover the ancient legacy of the Karankawa people, the original mariners of Texas’ coastal bays. Their life by the sea, with dugout canoes and distinctive pottery, is brought to life through archaeology and historical accounts. Learn about their seasonal migrations, unique appearance, and separate fact from folklore. Trace their journey, from facing European settlers to their migration into Mexico, leaving a profound mark on the Texas coast.

Texas Maritime Museum Karankawa Exhibits

Visit Our Native American Exhibit!

Step into the past and journey through the rich heritage of the Karankawa people. Immerse yourself in their coastal culture and resilience during your visit. Discover the untold stories of this indigenous community and the enduring legacy they’ve left behind!

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