The photos below are intended to show the diverse environment the Karankawa people inhabited. The problem is that the environment the Karankawa lived among more than a hundred years ago is quite different today. Cattle driving, channel building, and invasive plants have done their fair share to transform the Gulf Coast. But an ever-changing environment is a trend the world has followed since its beginning. The Karankawa were participants themselves. When viewing these photos maybe it would be best not to think that this was the exact land lived upon by the coast people of Texas but rather, this is what became of the land they lived on.

As a note: All the original photos, paintings, and maps on this website are free to be used by anyone and everyone.

Photography: Taylor C. Ferguson 

Excursion One:

 Pelican Island and Galveston Island


Excursion Two:

Follets Island, San Bernard Wildlife Refuge


Excursion Three:

Upper Colorado River and East Matagorda Bay


Excursion Three:

 Brazoria Wildlife Refuge and San Bernard Wildlife Refuge



Excursion Four:

Visiting an artificial oyster reef

With Dr. Hanke and fellow UH SURFer, Erin Miller.


Excursion Five:

 Kayaked from Port O’Connor to Matagorda Island

Took pictures of where La Salle made camp before establishing Fort St. Louis and also to took photos of the aquatic environment that the Karankawa relied on for their survival.


Excursion Six:

 UH Coastal Center

Even though the UH Coastal Center is located outside the typical range of the Karankawa, the sometimes swampy and marshy environment is a great representative of the Karankawas locale during the summer.


Excursion Seven:

Garcitas Creek & Fort St. Louis 

 La Salle’s Fort St. Louis and Garcitas Creek | On this excursion we took pictures of the area around and near the Fort St. Louis site, including Garcitas creek which to my surprise looks more like a river than a creek.

Excursion Eight:

Shy Pond, Indian Point, La Salle Monument, and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge 

Shy Pond, Lake Jackson

Indian Point, Indianola

La Salle Monument, Indianola

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge