Living Quechua

Christine Mladic Janney
2014 | 19 minutes | USA
Director in Attendance

After Elva Ambía moved from Peru to Brooklyn as a young woman decades ago, she rarely spoke her native Quechua, a marginalized language from the Andean region of South America. Now 73, Ambía has dedicated herself to creating a stronger Quechua presence in the city, finding and connecting speakers and educating a new generation. Ambía’s mission challenges the notion that New York City is, as the BBC once put it, “a graveyard for languages.”

Co-presented by NYU Dept. of Anthropology Program in Culture and Media, and the Endangered Language Alliance

Plays with Neither Here Nor There (Ni Aquí, Ni Allá) and Laal Pari

Part of the Emerging Visual Anthropologist Program

Past Forward, My Perspective

"The past is often envisioned as a set of experiences and events that have reached their end, and are separate from our present reality.  But in a way, each time we remember our past it is recreated, and informed by our present reality.  In this sense, our pasts are never really over–they're constantly being reworked and reshaped through our actions every day.  Our pasts and traditions aren't static–they're constantly in a state of change."

- Christine Mladic Janney | Director, Living Quechua