Indigenous Languages Today: Week Celebration at Penn

Indigenous Languages Today: Celebration Week at Penn

Academic Symposium: October 26th
Cultural Activities: October 27th – November 1st.

Philadelphia, PA
Events free, open to the public

The United Nations declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and we are happy to join this commemoration. The Quechua Language Program and the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania are partnering to organize a week of events that promote indigenous language writers and indigenous language use in the Americas, with a special focus on Quechua (South America) and Zapotec (Central America).

La Organización de las Naciones Unidas ha declarado el 2019 como el año internacional de las Lenguas Indígenas y estamos contentos de sumarnos a esta celebración. El programa de Quechua y la centro Kelly Writers House de la Universidad de Pensilvania organizarán una serie de evento para promover escritores y el uso de las lenguas de las Américas, con una especial atención en Quechua (Sudamérica) y Zapoteco (Centroamérica).


More information will be available soon / Más información disponible pronto.


Get involved. Volunteers are needed. Contact info: Prof. Américo Mendoza-Mori (

Featured Events / Eventos principales

  • Academic Symposium: October 26th

  • Pablo Landeo Muñoz, award-winning Quechua writer: October 29th 

Pablo Landeo Muñoz is a Peruvian award-winning writer, translator, and teacher of language and literature.  He is currently a Quechua professor at INALCO in Paris, and director of the literary magazine Atuqpa Chupan (“The fox’s tail” in Quechua), which is published annually and written entirely in Quechua. In 2011, his collection of poems Los hijos de Babel appeared in Spanish. He published a collection of stories from Huancavelica in Quechua Ayacucho under the title Wankawillkain 2013, complemented by translations into Spanish and a study in Quechua. His novel Aqupampa, which appeared in 2016, won Peru’s National Prize of Literature in the category of Indigenous Languages.



Dizhsa Nabani / Living Languages, Film Screening in Zapotec: October 30th

Dizhsa Nabani is a documentary film series, supported by DocuLab at Haverford College. They explore the relationship between Zapotec identity, language, and daily life. The series traces efforts of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya community members, including farmers, artesans, and public officials, to sustain and re-invigorate their Zapotec language.