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A talk on the relevance of Quechua and Indigenous languages of the Americas, followed by a Quechua language workshop.


Indigenous Languages are not a thing of the past: today they count with millions of speakers in the Americas. For instance, we have the case of Quechua, the most widely spoken Indigenous language of the Americas with 8-10 million people. Also, in every-day interactions many English or Spanish speakers use many Quechua words. Therefore, you already know some Quechua!

Additionally, there are different initiatives that promote Quechua language and Andean culture, giving the opportunity to highlight Indigenous knowledge systems that have been forgotten or overlooked. We will discuss the importance of Indigenous language planning and revitalization as a valuable way to decolonize, and how these language revitalization initiatives can collaborate in the promotion of a more diverse educational system.


Presenters: Américo Mendoza-Mori (Harvard University), William Andahua (University of Pennsylvania)

Thursday, November 11 at 4:30pm
Lawrence Hall 105

For Zoom link please contact Chrystian Zegarra ( or Jennifer Von Matt (

Co-sponsors: Africana & Latin American Studies Program, Native American Studies Program, CORE Communities & Identities, W. M. Keck Center for Language Study, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Division of Arts and Humanities

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