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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
October 2012 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 Cultura's presents
Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration (8th Anniversary Show/Open Mic)


Spoken word, music, food, art, vendors, & community! 


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




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 our work in the community. 
WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month (Oct. 12th, Nov. 9th, Dec. 14th)

--->Marketplace w/ Vendors @ 7 pm
--->Show starts @ 7:45pm

WHERE:Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia (9th Ave & Galapago St)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 (nobody turned away)

Community Feast provided by Tocabe an American Indian Eatery

Everyone is welcome!

-October Features:

--->Savage Family (Native Hip Hop)....We are the people, the unwanted, the ignored, the marginalized and the forgotten. . We do not assume that one is any better than another and have come to the realization that as long as our communities are unhealthy, we cannot consider ourselves to be health individuals regardless of what we have been able to achieve or accomplish. Until all are free, we are all imprisoned and we have committed ourselves to leave no one behind in our struggle for truth and recognition of our purpose to exist as human and spirit. The basis of the movement is to utilize traditional and contemporary wisdom of our Indigenous peoples for the means of empowerment. The lyrics represent a voice of Indigenous revolution for social change in communities that are plagued by the social ills created through colonization and genocide.
HGS Savage Family - Way of the Drum 
HGS Savage Family - Way of the Drum

Other Video/Audio:
-Ant Loc (of Savage Fam): Hands of Vengeance ((OFFICIAL VIDEO)) ((PRODUCED BY NATIVE BEATS))
-Savage Family - Truth be Told
-Savage Family - Faceless Movement
-Savage Family - Thicker Than Blood
-Savage Family Promo

---->Alejandro Jimenez & Jozer (Book Release!)... Alejandro is spoken word poet, educator, and avid distance runner & fanatic from Colima, Mexico. Given his experiences as an English Language Learner, immigrant, Indigenous man, and constantly living in the borderlands. Alejandro understands the power of words and the liberation of speaking for oneself instead of being spoken for. In 2011 he became the first Latino to win the Su Barrio Slam Poetry Competition, joining the ranks of nationally recognized slam poets. That same year, he placed 2nd out of 300+ participants in the first La Raza's Got Talent Competition. In 2012, he was a member of the award-winning Slam NUBA! poetry slam team that placed 5th in the National Poetry Slam Competition.

Originally from El, Paso Texas, Jozer attends the University of Denver and hopes to graduate in 2014. He teaches poetry workshops and performs for young students all over the state. He has been featured on the HBO series "Brave New Voices" and has a few TED talks online. He recently earned a spot on Denver's Slam Nuba and competed in the National Poetry Slam competition. His mission is to educate and gift struggling kids like him the power of words.

2012 Slam Nuba -  
Alejandro & Jozer - "Running"

Other Video:
-Alejandro Jimenez - Mi Madre
-Jozer - Hip Hop Love

--->Community Feast provided by Tocabe An American Indian Eatery...Tocabe An American Indian Eatery is the only Native American restaurant in metro Denver. Tocabe brings a new and exciting concept to Denver's restaurant community. Specializing in contemporary American Indian cuisine, the menu combines traditional Osage family recipes with elements of modern Native American fare.

For more info:; 720-394-6589;

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Future at a glance
(for Cafe Cultura's open mic)

November 9th @ 7pm
Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia
(9th Ave & Galapago St)

Tanaya Winder

December 14th @ 7pm
Denver Inner City Parish/La Academia
(9th Ave & Galapago St)

Dominique Christina & Ayinde

March 8th @ 7pm
Denver Indian Center
(4407 Morrison Road)

Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team
Cihuatl Ce

Scheduled Programs and Updates
-Cafe Cultura presents Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration (8th Anniversary Show/Open Mic): Fri, October 12th-
-Future at a glance-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
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Contact Information

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

Workshops for Youth

If you are interested in having Cafe Cultura present our "Xpress Yourself" spoken word workshop at your school or organization, feel free to contact us. Our basic version is a one time 1 to 2 hour session. We have used this workshop structure for over six years to encourage Chicana/o and Native youth to use spoken word to give voice to our stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration.

Our advanced/intensive version of "Xpress Yourself" continues to inspire everyone involved. Youth @ College Track are making tremendous progress in the 5th week of our 12 week curriculum (1 hr 20 min sessions). One student wrote about wanting to become a leader respected enough that her image would appear in a mural. Students @ Strive Prep SMART continue to impress us with their writing and courage to share their words. Bridge Project @ Quigg Newton youth participate in our workshop series on Tuesdays from 7 to 8pm. Kids participating that late shows their dedication and enjoyment.

If you're interested in our workshops, please contact us.



Make sure to read future newsletters for more updates from our workshops...

Exciting Updates

-We are humbled to have been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Tlatelolco Art & Culture Award. It will be our honor to accept this award at the Spirit of Tlatelolco Awards Luncheon on October 25th.

-With a new school year comes performances/shows from Cafe Cultura Collective members
at colleges/universities throughout Colorado. We will be at the University of Colorado, Boulder on November 1st and Colorado State University at Fort Collins on November 7th. If you want us to host an open mic featuring our spoken word artists, contact us ASAP. Funds will go to sustaining our organization and the work we do in the community (especially our workshops for youth).

-We have confirmed our features for
Rise Up! (our March open mic at the Denver Indian Center): Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team and Cihuatl Ce.

-We continuously update our website so make sure to check back (click on the image).


-We need your help: We're still 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