A Teach-in is a one-time, 2-hour event, that brings together Encuentro participants with an interest or expertise in a particular issue or theme to share work, present projects and engage in dialogue. Teach-ins are scheduled in the mornings and are intended to make the breadth of knowledge and experience of Encuentro participants around specific issues available to all. They have a convener who also serves as the moderator of the session, and generally consist of brief presentations or interventions and discussion.

Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change. Her new media projects have been widely presented in major exhibitions such as Now? NOW! at Denver’s Biennial of the Americas. Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, she holds a BFA from Concordia University. She co-directs Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

Dylan Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini artist, activist, and scholar. He is the author of Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island. His project Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) is on view in Sweden and his solo exhibition Michif–Michin (the people, the medicine) opens Summer 2016 in Vancouver.

Emilie Monnet

Waira Nina Jacanamijoy Mutumbajoy

Julieta Paredes Carvajal is an urban Aymara woman and is a poet, singer-songwriter, author, and graffiti-artist. She is a part of Women Creating Community and, together with the Assembly of Communitarian Feminism, created a current of thought and action called Communitarian Feminism, bringing together women throughout the continent.

Maribel Mora Curriao (Panguipulli, 1970). She is co-author of El Pozo Negro y Otros Relatos Mapuches and Perrimontun. Her poetry appears in the anthologies Epu Mari Ülkantufe ta Fachantu / 20 poetas mapuche contemporáneos and La Memoria Iluminada: antología de poesía mapuche contemporánea. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis in American Studies at Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

Francisco Huichaqueo is a visual artist, film maker and professor at the School of Visual Arts, University of Chile. He is currently featured at the First Nations International Film Festival in Valdivia, Chile. His work explores the social, historical, and cultural landscape and worldviews concerning his mapuche lineage.

Víctor Hugo Robles, “El Che de los Gays,” is a journalist and activist who creates public installations and performances. In the 90s he integrated the Homosexual Liberation Movement Movilh Histórico and led Open Triangle, the first gay, lesbian and trans radio program in Chile. He is author of Bandera Hueca. Historia del Movimiento Homosexual de Chile and founder of “SiempreViva Ediciones”.

Javiera Parada is a Chilean actor and cultural organizer. She is an organizer of Centro Cultural Autogestionado Banana Factory and has organized music and performance festivals. She is also engaged in Revolución Democrática and the Marca Tu Voto movement. From 2014-2016 she was the cultural attachée at the Chilean embassy in the US, but left to support the Chilean constituent process and the Revolución Democrática (political party).

Sergio Grez Toso is Doctor of History at the School of High Studies in Social Sciences in Paris and is a full-time academic in the Department of Historical Science at the University of Chile. He explores the popular movement and the “social question” in Chile. He is author of eight books and dozens of articles and chapters on these themes in Chile and abroad.

Jill Lane is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She is the author of Blackface Cuba, 1840-1898 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), co-editor of The Ends of Performance (New York University Press, 1998) with Peggy Phelan, and of emisférica, the Hemispheric Institute’s peer-reviewed online journal