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What is The Real History of Americas Event?

The Real History of the Americas at FLC takes a different look at the Western world


The Real History of the Americas at FLC takes a different look at the Western world

10 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at Fort Lewis College

DURANGO - A collaborative group of Fort Lewis College cultural centers, students and staff proudly presents the 8th annual “Real History of the Americas” program on Columbus Day 2015. This unique program runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday, October 12, at FLC’s Student Union Ballroom. The potluck and performances are held at 5 to 7 p.m. A culminating evening show by Las Cafeteras will be at the Community Concert Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students with ID and $17/$24 for community members depending on seating. The public is welcome anytime throughout the day.

The Real History of the Americas takes a positive, but different look at the history of North and South America from the viewpoints of Hispanic, African-American, Asian, and Native peoples, among others. This year’s theme is “Experiencing ourselves through dance.” Featured artists include Las Cafeteras, fusing traditional, hip-hop, folk, Afro-Mexican, and Latino music with their energetic multi-lingual performance and many more.

The all-day long event offers workshops, inspirational identity activities, a live National Anthem performance in English and in Navajo by FLC student Olivia Duncan, live dance performances by Ballet Folklorico de Durango, the Water Justice Project as well as presentations by Miss Hozhoni Nicole Lovato, First Attendant Charine Gonzales, and much more.

This year, the two schools in the country who offer Native American tuition waivers, Fort Lewis College and University of Minnesota- Morris are partnering over a UMM student’s photography project titled “Native Enough” by Nina O’Leary. A booth will be open where students are invited to participate in the project throughout the day.

For a full calendar of events, please visit the Real History of the Americas tab at: www.fortlewis.edu/elcentro, or call El Centro de Muchos Colores Hispanic Resource Center at (970) 247-7654.

Real History of the Americas was created in 2008 by Native American, Hispanic and Multicultural students on campus to empower and share a variety of Real Histories of the Americas on the day that is also known as Columbus Day or the Day of the Race in the United States. This year, FLC student leaders Mariah Gachupin and Stephanie Lefthand have co-coordinated this entire event with the help of dozens of student clubs, volunteers and FLC staff members. FLC chair members include: Danielle Lucero, Ruthie Edd, Amoretta Pringle and Ashe Alawi. College sponsors include: Club del Centro & El Centro, Common Ground Diversity Programming, Student Union Productions (SUP), Native American Center, and the Community Concert Hall.

For more information about why we celebrate this Real History of the Americas, please see this interview on Democracy Now! When Amy Goodman interview some of our key founders of the event: http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2012/10/8.

About our Entertainers and Special Guests

About our Entertainers & Special Guests:

Las Cafeteras: A band formed in 2008 that fuses traditional hip-hop, folk, afro-Mexican, Latino music with energetic multi-lingual performances. Their purpose is to document the histories of their neighborhoods through music. As immigrant children born in the streets of Los Angeles, they have taken the music scene by storm. As musicians, they started as students of the Eastside Café, a Zapatista inspired community space in East Los Angeles. At this space, they were influenced by the culture, storytelling, and poetic music of Son Jarocho, a traditional music from Veracruz, Mexico. The sound of Las Cafeteras includes a wide range of instruments like a donkey jawbone, a Marimbol, a wooden platform called the Tarima and more. Their namesake derives from the organization where they took classes, the Eastside Café. However, to honor women and challenge masculine language, they feminized their group name by calling themselves, Las Cafeteras, rather than Los Cafeteros. This group has been recognized for their debut studio album titled “It’s Time” and has received attention from all across the country as well as recognition from the LA Times, NPR, BBC and more.

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When is the Real History of the Americas?

Real History of the Americas Schedule of Events:

Monday, Oct. 12, from 10:00 to 9 p.m. at Fort Lewis College

Free & Open to the public all day in FLC Student Union

Ballroom and later in the Community Concert Hall, unless otherwise noted

Schedule of Events (Schedule will be updated in future, keep posted for any updates or changes)

10:00-11:30                         Opening Prayer

10:15-10:45                         I Am From Dance: Basket Making Dance                       

11:45-12:00                         Introduction to Las Cafeteras

12:00-1:00                           Las Cafeteras Parade around Campus

1:00-2:30                             Workshops:

Las Cafeteras: ”Racism: Aint Nobody Got Time For That!”                                                     

 La Plata Room: TBA 

 “TBA” with PRISM





5:00-7:00                             Potluck/Music Showcase

5:00-5:05                             Master of Ceremonies

5:05-5:10                             National Anthem performed by: Olivia Duncan in English  & Navajo

5:10                                     Open Doors for Food


5:30-5:45                             Bala Sinem Native American Choir

5:45-6:00                             Ballet Folklorico & Matachines. El Centro




7:30                                     Las Cafeteras LIVE PERFORMANCE!! in the Community Concert Hall




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A Special Thanks To...

El centroclub del centro

Coordinators of 2015 Real History

Diversity Program Nancy Stoffer
El Centro Shirena Long
Student Union Programming Elizabeth Roberts

Department of Native American Indigenous Studies

Dr. Majel Boxer
RHOA Co-Coordinator

Stephanie Lefthand

RHOA Co-Coordinator Mariah Gachupin

RHOA Committee members

Danielle Lucero, Ruthie Edd, Stacy John, Amoretta Pringle, Charles Leslie, Elizabeth Mason, Devin Muñoz