Quechua Alliance

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The Quechua Alliance
TypeCommunity organization
FocusLanguage rights
Area served
United States

The Quechua Alliance is a community organization that promotes and celebrates Andean culture in the United States.

Annual meetings[edit]

Since 2015, the Quechua Alliance has held annual meetings where students, activists, academics, and the interested public participate to learn about innovative projects in the different varieties of Quechua, as well as to raise awareness about the relevance of the Indigenous languages of the Americas.[1] For each edition, about one-hundred people from across the US participate.[2]

The first editions were held at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia (2015, 2016, 2018)[3] and also has been hosted at New York University in New York City (2017),[4] at Ohio State University in Columbus (2019),[5] at the University of California, Berkeley (2020 - virtual),[6] and at Harvard University (2023) in the Boston area.[7]

Quechua Award for Lifetime Achievement[edit]

The Quechua Alliance yearly acknowledges persons who have dedicated their lives to the promotion of Quechua languages and Andean culture. The awardees include: Clodoaldo Soto Ruiz (2015), Julia García (2016), Kichwa Hatari (2017), Elva Ambía (2018), Luis Morato (2019)[8] and Yarina (2023).[9]

Awards on Quechua Digital Activism[edit]

Since 2020, in collaboration with the Quechua programs at the universities of Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Peru's Ministry of Culture, those awards were created with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of language rights for Indigenous Languages speakers and to recognize the work of educators using digital platforms in Quechua.[10]


  1. ^ "Meet Elva Ambía, the Woman Who Started a Quechua School in NY to Pass on the Language". November 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Cuarto Encuentro Quechua en Estados Unidos". WFMZ.com.
  3. ^ "EEUU: se realiza Cuarto Encuentro Quechua en la Universidad de Pensilvania". Panamericana Televisión.
  4. ^ "3rd Quechua Student Alliance Meeting".
  5. ^ "2019 Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting". clas.osu.edu.
  6. ^ "6th Annual Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting". clas.berkeley.edu.
  7. ^ "7th Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting". drclas.harvard.edu.
  8. ^ "2019 Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting Recap". clas.osu.edu. March 1, 2021.
  9. ^ "Awardees". September 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Iniciativas Ganadoras y Menciones Honrosas: Premios al Activismo Quechua en Redes Sociales e Internet". May 31, 2020.