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Program for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Cultures and Languages

The Program for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Cultures and Languages is housed at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues.  Through a collaboration of different student groups and academic programs (including the UC Berkeley student group Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl, the Center for Latino Policy Research, the Chicanx Latinx Agenda, the Division for Equity and Inclusion, the community based groups Panquetzaliztli and Nahui-Ehecatl, and the indigenous association Kaltlamachtiloyaj Tlen Nauatlachamanaltianij Kana) this program provides the space and opportunity for cultural exchanges between indigenous peoples in the United States and Indigenous peoples of Anahuak.

Beginners and Advanced Nahuatl Language and Culture Workshops:

We cordially invite students and community members to participate in our 4-week intensive Nahuatl language and cultural exchanges organized by Juan Francisco Esteva Martínez, Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at UC Berkeley and led by instructors Defina Cruz De La Cruz, Catalina Cruz de la Cruz and Ofelia Cruz Morales. The cultural exchange workshops will be held Monday through Thursday from 6:00PM to 7:30 PM, starting on Monday, November 28, and ending on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Workshops will take place at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, located at 2538 Channing Way in Berkeley (on the corner of Channing and Bowditch Street) and are free to all UC Berkeley Students and Bay Area community members.  Participants are encouraged to give donations to cover the cost of books and the lodging and travel expenses of workshop instructors.

Questions? Please contact Juan Esteva Martinez with questions and requests for further information: 

The Program was recently featured on Noticias Univisión 14Please find the video here.

Make a tax-deductible DONATION to support expenses related to this free program here.


Juan Francisco Esteva MartinezJuan Francisco Esteva Martinez is Director of the Program for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Languages and Culture at the Myers Center. The Program offers Indigenous language courses to UC Berkeley students and the general community. He is also Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at the University of California, Berkeley where he coordinates the independent research of a cohort of first-generation college, low-income, and underrepresented undergraduate scholars. Juan Francisco obtained two baccalaureate degrees in Chicano Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley (1995) and he is currently completing his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany (expected 2018).  In 1998, Juan Francisco joined the Street Organization Project housed at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where, as a leading ethnographic researcher, he assisted in the collection of data to document the politicization of gangs in the New York City and South Central Los Angeles areas.  Juan Francisco is the author of the article “Urban Street Activists: Gangs and Community Efforts to Bring Peace and Justice to Los Angeles Neighborhood” published in Gangs and Society.   He has also contributed entries to the Encyclopedia of Gangs.  Juan Francisco has been and active participant in the Danza Azteca Movement both in the Bay Area and New York City and he is an alumnus of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (1987). 








Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issue
The Myers Center is part of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues 
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
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