Published: Feb. 26, 2021

The week will include educational panels and roundtables, hip-hop concerts, poetry readings, cooking lessons, film screenings and more

Indigenous artists, advocates, community leaders, educators, scholars and professionals will spend next week celebrating Indigenous languages, cultures, activities and cultures.

Poster of event

Celebrating the Indigenous Americas is a week of virtual events hosted by the Latin American Studies Center at the University of Colorado Boulder from March 1-5. All events are free and open to the public, and attendees may register on the event’s website for one or all of the 14 scheduled events, which feature 49 speakers.

During the week, experts from CU Boulder and around the world aim to celebrate the “ever-renewed presence of Latin American Indigenous languages and cultures in daily life, activities and professions.” 

Planned panels and roundtables cover food sovereignty, bilingual education, social movements, land reclamation, migration, environmental justice, university-community partnerships, broadcasting and communication. 

The week will also include hip-hop concerts, poetry readings, cooking lessons, film screenings and more.

A full list of speakers, which includes Charlie Uruchima, the co-founder of ​Kichwa Hatari​, the first Kichwa radio project in the U.S., Liberato Kani, a Peruvian Quechua rapper and composer, and Moira Ivana Millán, a Mapuche novelist and co-founder of the Movement of Indigenous Women for Good Living, is available on the event’s website.

CU Boulder’s Latin American Studies Center is a home for research, teaching and discussion on Latin America and Latinx Studies on campus and is the host for the event. 

​The center fosters cross-disciplinary research and education through its research clusters, Quechua language training, community events, new curriculum and outreach collaborations, strengthening links with Latin America and with communities of Latin American origin in the United States.

Celebrating the Indigenous Americas is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center, the U.S. Department of Education, Title VI IFLE (International and Foreign Language Education), the Center for Native and Indigenous Studies, University Libraries, the American Music Research Center, the CU Boulder Museum of Natural History and the Center for Humanities & the Arts.