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

Caf� 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 this Fri, Jan. 13    

Jan. 13 Cafe Cultura 

 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 (Jan. 13th, Feb. 10th, March 9th)   

--->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! 


-January Features:   


---->Hannabah Blue Hannabah Blue is Dine', originally from Kirtland, NM. She is currently a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) where she coordinates technical assistance and HIV prevention interventions targeting Native women. Before coming to NNAAPC, Hannabah worked at NY1 News, a 24 hour news station in New York City. Ms. Blue has worked for the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, the Native American Club, and the School of Social Work - all at New York University, drawing attention to cultural diversity and issues affecting races. She also worked at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and CBS News on Logo. Lastly, Hannabah is a member of the Cafe Cultura Collective.

---->Zumba Lessions with Olga:  Olga Gonz�lez was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and grew up in L.A. She has been living in Denver for the past 18 years. She is Otomi/Yaqui. She has been a certified ZUMBA Fitness Instructor for the past 3 years and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the Native American Fitness Council. She also enjoys helping to promote the heath and well-being of our community as a parenting and healthy relationships consultant and facilitator at various community-based organizations. She believes that we can take control of our health and well-being and prevent disease through healthy eating, regular exercise, spirituality, and surrounding ourselves with positive people. She is married to Malik Robinson and is the mother of 2 beautiful daughters, Citlalmina (11 years old) and Ximalma (22 months). She is also a proud member of the Cafe Cultura Collective!   

---->Black Mesa Colorado Caravan & Black Mesa Indigenous Support (Denver): The Black Mesa Colorado Caravan (BMCC) is the Denver area based group of grassroots, multi-racial and intergenerational volunteers and activists who work in conjunction with Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) to support the indigenous peoples of Black Mesa, Arizona in their struggle for Life and Land; a people who are targeted by & resist an injustice of large-scale coal mining operations and forced relocation policies of the US government. In the spring, fall and summer, volunteer work crews travel to Arizona to herd sheep, chop wood, haul water, work on maintenance and building projects and bring much needed supplies to elders and their families who live in remote regions without running water or electricity. We work by listening to the families we have created relationships with and assisting them with what they ask for.
or join us on Facebook Black Mesa Colorado Caravan and Black Mesa Indigenous Support

email: BlackMesaColoradoCaravan@g

For more info: 720-394-6589   

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Performances & Vending in the Community 


3rd Annual Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Title VII Indian Education Program


Sat, Jan. 14....10am-6pm

Gourd Dance 10:00 -11:30am Grand Entry at 12:00 Noon


Free Admission to all!!


Silver Hills Middle School

12400 Huron Street

Northglenn, CO 80234

Intended to educate the public of the Adams 12 Native students and our activities.


Food Drive for One Nation and Flute Player Eddie Three Eagles will be in the lunchroom. Please bring food items and hygiene for donation to be delivered to a Oglala Sioux Tribe Community.


Pow-Wow Head Staff:

Bernard Cottonwood:         Master of Ceremonies

Brad Bears Heart:                  Arena Director

American Indian Veterans of CO:       Color Guard

Thompson Williams:             Spiritual Advisor

John Emhoolah:              Head Gourd Dancer


Head Dancers:

Head Man:                                 Loren Hooper

Head Woman:                               Erika Qualls

Head Boy:                      Nathaniel Bears Heart

Head Girl:                                    Justine Perez

Security:                                   Bruce Donnelly


Host Southern Drum: Water Bird Singers

Host Northern Drum: TBD


Open to the public and Everyone is welcome to join us!


All other drum groups, dancers and visitors are welcome to attend, please contact Melanie Phillips or Felicia Alvarez for more information.


Sponsored by: Parent Advisory Committee Any and all proceeds go to the Native Student in the Adams 12 School District. 

District Staff:

Adams 12 Five Star Schools: Chris Gdowski, Superintendent Rochelle Garcia-Gomez, Liaison


Pow Wow InformationMelanie Phillips 720-519-0500
Felicia Alvarez 720-865-5056

Vendor Information:

Melanie and Greg Phillips

720-879-8633 or 720-519-0500



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Scheduled Events and Programs
-Cafe Cultura this Fri, Jan. 13-
-Performance & Vending in the Community-
-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 have been enjoying our  spoken word/poetry workshops with youth at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School and The Bridge Project @ Quigg Newton. We're excited to continue the great energy we've built with those youth. 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

-If you remember, we mentioned the honor of being selected as a featured organization on a special show called "10th & Osage" (through Denver Open Media). Click here for their first show (there's a little teaser about us). Our feature  will be released soon (we will share it when it is made available).

-Everything is set for a live showing/recording of a special Cafe Cultura on February 3rd, 2012...with some special guests. It will take place at Denver Open Media (7th & Kalamath) and appear on Channel 57 live for "First Friday." Look out for further details and a flyer.

-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. We should have a flyer in next month's newsletter.

-Books!!!: We have received a lot of praise for our Cafe Cultura Collective Compilation (cover designed by Collective member Mat Barkhausen). Amazing spoken word/poetry, art, & a short documentary for only $15!
Compilation Cover

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

-Stickers!!!: We have stickers for sale. One has our banner and the other our logo. They came out nice!