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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
February newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 

Caf´┐Ż Cultura's mission is to promote unity and healing among Indigenous peoples through creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim oral and written traditions, and become leaders in their communities. 

We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and spirits.  This newsletter helps us keep you informed of the increased number of performances, events, and workshops we are organizing. Please review and support the list of events below. 

Cafe TV broadcast this Fri, Feb. 3rd     


Cafe television broadcast     


Come early to be part of the studio audience...or watch on Channel 57

featuring Cafe Cultura Collective members:  

-Alejandro Jimenez 
-Hannabah Blue 
-Azucar Morena 
-Desirea LaMotte 
-Ara Cruz 

& special guest performers: Culture Shock Camp (Quese IMC & Shock B) --->Native Hip Hop @ its best 

Friday Feb, 3....8-10pm


Denver Open Media Studios
(700 Kalamath)

More info: 720-394-6589;



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Cafe Cultura on Fri, Feb 10th: Open mic, art, food, vendors, & community!

Spread the word...Bring your family & friends!!!!!

Cafe Cultura: Open mic, art, food, vendors, & community!


Note: Make sure to come early to sign up and get a good seat. As always, we welcome anybody who is willing to help in the organization of the event.

WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month (Feb. 10, March 9, April 13th)

--->Doors open w/ Vendors @ 7:00 pm
--->Show starts @ 7:30pm

WHERE: La Academia @ Denver Inner City Parish (9th ave & Galapago St)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 donation (nobody turned away)

Everyone is welcome!

-February Features:
--->Erin Bad Hand (Santa Fe, NM): Erin Bad Hand is an Iyeska poet. She grew up in northern New Mexico and calls the southwest her home. She has a BA from the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a dancer, a singer with the Heartbeat drum, a reader, a beader and a lover of life. She lives in Santa Fe, NM with her fiance, Adam Kerr, and their dog, Skuya. 

Links to news articles about her & her work: Remarkable Women Profile
-Fnews Article by Erin Bad Hand
-Taos News Article
-Video: Verse Converse Poetry Festival

---->Seven Falls Indian Dancers: Our dance troupe represents four generations of family members. We are from the Pawnee, Flandreau Santee-Sioux and Crow Creek Sioux tribes. We present social and exhibition dances from several different tribes of the Plains region. The origin of the dance is explained with a story. Our troupe has been dancing throughout Colorado for over 29 years. We dance every summer at Seven Falls in Colorado Springs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  

---->Community Feature: Peace and Dignity Journeys 2012...Native elders from North, Central and South America talk about the Prophecy of the Eagle and Condor that foretold how we will come together and reunite as one... "we are like a body that was broken up into pieces and this body will come back together to be whole again." Peace & Dignity Journeys became part of that realization. Through Peace & Dignity Journeys, numerous and diverse Indigenous nations reunite and reclaim dignity for their families and communities. Every four years since 1992 Indigenous communities all over North, Central and South America witness and partake in the tradition of receiving runners with ceremonies unique to their community, sharing stories, song, dance, and the wisdom that comes from community elders and ceremony. Peace and Dignity Journeys runners start simultaneously from both ends of the continent in Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina traversing the entire continent by foot from community to community and joining together for a final gathering in Central America. The 2012 run is dedicated to Water, reminding all who have forgotten that Water is an important resource and a shared resource for all. 

For more info:; 720-394-6589;

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Save the Date: March 9th, 2012

Cafe Cultura presents Rise Up 

Scheduled Events and Programs
-Cafe TV broadcast this Fri, Feb 3rd-
-Cafe Cultura on Fri, Feb 10th: Open mic, art, food, vendors, & community!-
-Save the Date: March 9th, 2012...Cafe Cultura presents Rise Up-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
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Contact Information

Cafe Cultura
P.O. Box 11791
Denver, CO 80211-1791

Workshops for Youth

We had the honor to present our spoken word/poetry workshop to participants in the La Raza Youth Leadership Program on Jan. 21st. We were thoroughly impressed with the poetry they created. We look forward to the same experience with students from East High School's Native American Club next week.

Our workshops at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School and The Bridge Project @ Quigg Newton continue to be rewarding. We're excited to continue the great energy we've built with youth in those programs. In the near future, we will be offering direct ways you can support them...



Make sure to read future newsletters for more specific updates from our workshops as well as opportunities for you to support our efforts...

Exciting Updates

-Cafe Cultura Collective members will be opening up for a special show from Quese IMC & DJ Shock B - Culture Shock Camp.
When:  Thursday, February 2, 2012
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Where: Tocabe American Indian Eatery
3536 W. 44th (44th & Lowell)
Cost: $5.00 donation (no cover)


For more information, please contact Ben Jacobs at (720) 987-9077

-Members of the Cafe Cultura Collective will be running in the Colfax Marathon on May 20, 2012 to fundraise for our increased work in the community...specifically to conduct more spoken word workshops for youth. If you're interested in joining us as a runner (options: 5k, 10 miler, half-marathon, marathon, 5 member team relay) or volunteer, let us know (you get special perks/gifts). So far,
Alejandro Jimenez, Hannabah Blue, Derek Brown, Jozer, & Ara Cruz will be running in the half-marathon (13.1 miles). We will inform you of ways you can support our efforts in our next newsletter...

-We will have more merchandise (t-shirts, stickers, earrings, etc) very soon. If everything goes as planned, we should have them by our regular Cafe Cultura on Feb. 10th.

-We need your help: We're in the process of distributing Cafe Cultura Collective Compilation books to local schools and organizations working with youth (especially to those serving mostly Native & Chican@/Raza youth) free of charge. If you're interested or know of contacts, send us an email ( We'd definitely appreciate it...
Compilation Cover

-Rise Up! on March 9 @ 6:30pm: Join us for a special Cafe Cultura in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We will once again collaborate with National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC), Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), Sisters of Colorado United For Education, Youth HIV Awareness Coalition (YHAC), among others to bring you another amazing event. See flyer to the left.

-Website!!!: We are excited to have an incredible website soon ( For now, you'll find links to our facebook page and our previous newsletters.