Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna is a group where we use the art of dance to educate by different branches as well as to strengthen our identity and most of all, the excellence of our first Andean immigrants' generation.
Wawakuna (children) not only focuses on the kids, but also educates the parents about their rights as immigrants and to remain proud of being campesinos (peasants) or indigenous.
Wawakuna believes in the importance of preserving our cultural identity. Wawakuna uses the tool of art such as painting, writing, dancing and singing to express our emotions, express the injustices occurring in the community, build leadership for parents and kids, and applying it as part of healing.
Monica AvilésFounder (Since 2012)
Viviana Astrid PeraltaCo-Founder (Since 2012)
Danna MendozaOutreach Coordinator (Since 2014)
Joanna GuillenPhotographer (Since 2015)
Kevin MuñozWebsite Administrator (Since 2015)
Vilma GonzalezParent Coordinator (Since 2015)
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Monica Patricia Avilés was born in Ecuador and was forced to migrate to New York in 1997. The necessity of not being able to be who she is, impulsed her to educate kids and youth from the community.
Avilés believes in the importance of knowing where we come from in order to know where we want to go. Knowing the roots of our identity is important especially in cities like New York, a multicultural city.
Kichwa words like achachay (it's cold), arraray (it's hot) and chompa (sweater) did not sound right to the people around and from there, the investigation towards different class societies and cultural views in NY arose.
"A people that forgets their past is a people without a future."