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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
November 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 Open Mic: spoken word, music, art, vendors, food, & community! 


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 (Nov. 9th, Dec. 14th, Jan. 11th)

--->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)

Everyone is welcome!

November Features:
--->Tanaya a poet, writer, artist, and educator from the Southern Ute and Duckwater Shoshone Nations. A winner of the 2010 A Room Of Her Own Foundation's Orlando prize in poetry, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cutthroat magazine, Adobe Walls, Superstition Review, Kweli, and Drunkenboat among others. More recently, her poems from her manuscript "Love in a Time of Blood Quantum" were produced and performed by the Poetic Theater Productions Presents Company in NYC. Tanaya has taught writing courses at Stanford University, UC-Boulder, and the University of New Mexico. She has a BA in English from Stanford and a MFA in poetry from UNM. She is a co-founder and editor of As/Us: an Indigenous women's literary journal.       

...(means heavy in Chiricahua Apache) is a quartet of friends (including two cousins) who enjoy creating and performing music together. The band is comprised of members who descend from Chiricahua Apache,Dine,Southern Ute and Latino ancestry. Their music speaks to past and present socially relevant issues affecting the people of the Americas, from Alaska all the way down to Patagonia. 

NDAAZ - You Got It - Fan Video 
NDAAZ - You Got It - Fan Video

--->Jive Poetic (NYC)......received his BA in Media Studies from the University of Buffalo before dedicating all of his time to good poems, classic hip-hop albums, clever t-shirts, blue pitbulls, and bodega sandwiches. Jive is the co-founder of both Jam On It Poetry and The SoundBites Poetry Festival. Currently, he is the host of the Open Slam at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. When Jive Poetic is not on tour he leads poetry and hip-hop workshops in the New York City Public School system and in various community centers throughout the Tri-State area.

Art from Douglas Miles of Apache Skateboards...
an APACHE skateboard company unlike any you've ever heard of. With a platform for success to launch films, art, skateboarding, music, photography, poets, writers, critical thinkers, friends & whatever/whomever we want, into the creative stratosphere. Because life is short and you should have fun.
Apache Skateboards 
Apache Skateboards

--->Community Feature: Colorado Progressive a statewide, member-driven organization that has engaged communities to advance economic and social justice since 1996. Organized around five program areas: Racial Justice & Civil Rights; Health Care for All; Economic Justice; Statewide Base Building; and Civic Engagement; CPC advocates at the local, state, and national levels on issues that affect people of color, low-income neighborhoods, immigrants, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community, and young people.

For more info:; 720-394-6589;

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Scheduled Programs and Updates
-Cafe Cultura's November Open Mic-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
-Future at a glance-
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Contact Information

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

1029 Santa Fe Dr Unit #6

Workshops for Youth

We enjoyed presenting our "Xpress Yourself" spoken word workshop at the LaTEENa Conference recently. If you are interested in having Cafe Cultura present 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.

As for our advanced/intensive version of "Xpress Yourself," youth @ College Track,Strive Prep SMART, and the Bridge Project @ Quigg Newton continue to impress us with their writing and courage to share their words. We look forward to starting again at KIPP Denver Collegiate HS within the next few weeks.

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 were humbled to have been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Tlatelolco Art & Culture Award. Olga Gonzalez (plus her daughter Citlamina), Julie Gonzales, and Ara Cruz had the honor to accept the award on behalf of everyone in our organization who could not attend due to work commitments.

-Thank you to everyone who attended our Indigenous Peoples Celebration/8th Anniversary show. Although Savage Family (one of our features) did not show, the event went extremely well. Shout out to Cafe Cultura Collective members Alejandro Jimenez & Jozer for their theatrical feature...and to Tocabe for the delicious food.

-We now have an office at 1029 Santa Fe Dr Unit #6. We look forward to how it will help us grow and develop as an organization. We are still accepting any donations of office "stuff." We will keep you updated on our office hours and a possible office warming gathering.

-We are excited for additional performances/shows from Cafe Cultura Collective members
at colleges/universities throughout Colorado. We enjoyed our time at University of Colorado, Boulder   this past Thursday (thank you to UMAS y MEChA). We look forward to our show at Colorado State University at Fort Collins on November 7th (sponsored by Native American Cultural Center). See flyer and facebook event below. 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 are also excited to screen a 45 minute documentary about the Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team sometime in February. We will post details as they develop.

-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

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

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