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Indigenous Languages: Future, Present, Past

Gilberto Nenquimo

  • Vice President, Waorani Nationality (Nawe)
  • Speaks Wao Terero and Spanish

Elisabeth Swanson

  • Garden Educator, Desert Botanical Garden
  • BS in Geography
  • Speaks Kichwa, English, and Spanish

David Andie

  • Student, Universidad de Especialidades TurĂ­sticas, Quito, Ecuador
  • Speaks Kichwa, Spanish, and English

Tod Swanson

  • Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University
  • Speaks English, Spanish, and Kichwa

Panelists will share how they navigate the boundaries between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worlds in a multilingual panel discussion with several people from Kichwa and Waorani communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Two generations of Indigenous people will speak in a combination of English, Spanish, Kichwa, and Wao Terero about their perspectives of future, present, and past. Moderators will translate the webinar to English as much as possible. The webinar will include a discussion about the Andes and Amazon Field School, where students and researchers are invited by Indigenous peoples to co-produce knowledge through exchanges of language, culture, and projects.

Find out what the webinar is about here.

This is an official event of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

To access the webinar, join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or by telephone, dial:

US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 404 390 680
International numbers available:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. MST