Webinar: Indigenous Cultural Heritage

Heritage: Analysis, Observations, Possible Actions

Title: Heritage: Analysis, Observations, Possible Actions

Speakers: Teresa De Anchorena, Alejandro Iglesias Rossi, Juan Namuncurá, Alberto Petrina

Moderator: Juan Namuncura

Date: Novembre 16, 2020

Time: 16hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina

Format: Webinar via Zoom. FB Live. Instagram Live.


Please join us in this webinar that will discuss Indigenous Cultural Heritage Affairs.
In this context, broad and rich discussion has been taking place on the relationship of the cultural heritage of Indigenous Peoples.
Through an academic discussion our speakers will reflect, comment and analyze different projects, actions and ideas on Indigenous Cultural Heritage.


Teresa De Anchorena

Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Master and D.E.A in Anthropology from the Paris VII Faculty of Sciences.
  • Studies at the Higher School of Journalism.
  • Teachers of English, Cultural Inglesa de Buenos Aires.


Public Positions

  • President of the National Commission of Monuments, Places and Historical Assets (2016).
  • Director of the National Fund for the Arts (2016).
  • Member of the National Commission of Museums, Monuments and Historic Places. (2002-2015).
  • Deputy of the City of Buenos Aires (2005-2009).
  • President of the Commission for Architectural and Landscape Heritage of the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires (2005-2009).
  • Adviser on cultural issues of the Commission of Permanent Representatives of MERCOSUR (2004-2005).
  • Director of the Education, Culture and Work Program for detention institutes dependent on the Federal Penitentiary Service, Ministry of Justice, Security and Human Rights (2003-2004).
  • National Director of Cultural Policy and International Cooperation of the Secretariat of Culture of the Presidency of the Nation (2002-2003).
  • Special Representative for International Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic (2000-2002).
  • External Consultant for the United Nations Development Program (2000-2001).
  • Secretary of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (1999-2001).
  • Undersecretary of Cultural Development of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (1998-1999).
  • Undersecretary of Cultural Action of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (1997-1999).
  • General Director of the Recoleta Cultural Center of Buenos Aires (1996-1999).
  • National Director of Visual Arts of the Ministry of Culture of the Nation (1985-1989).
  • Advisor to the Culture Commission of the Honorable Senate of the Argentine Nation (1985-1989).
  • Advisor to the Ministry of Culture of the Nation (1984-1985).

Private Activity

  • Director of the Art Gallery T. A.
  • Organizer of Fernando Botero exhibitions in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico.
  • Representative in Argentina of Malbourough Gallery (1992-1996).
  • Federico Klemm Art Gallery (1990-1992).
  • Collaborator in the newspaper La República managed by Dr. Hipólito Solari Yrigoyen (1977-1983).
  • He works with Jacques Lassaigne, Director of the Museum of Modern Art in the City of Paris (1977-1980).
  • Coordinator of the Latin American Space in Paris (1975-1978).

Third Sector

  • Founding Member of Poder Ciudadano. President in 1997/98.
  • Member of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the French Alliance of Argentina.
  • Member of the New Human Rights Foundation.
  • President of the ARCADE Foundation (Argentine Art and Culture for Foreign Diffusion) of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, International Trade and Worship (2000/1).
  • Member and Founding President of the Fundación Internacional Argentina.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Franco-Argentina Cultural Foundation, Liceo Jean Mermoz (2016).


She was awarded the Order of Merit for:

  • French Republic
  • Italian Republic
  • Republic of Bolivia
  • Kingdom of Spain

Juan Antonio Arébalo Sgró Namuncurá

Argentine Musician and music producer, born on May 2, 1962 in Cochabamba (Bolivia).  Aymara descent (Father) and Mapuche descent (Mother), his ancestor is Ceferino Manuel Namuncurá and Toky Juan Kallfucura.

For more than 15 years he worked as a «werken» (Mapuche, Representative, Ambassador) in the Socio-Cultural sphere of his Community.

He studied Fine Arts and Electronic Engineering at the National University of Córdoba.

He has produced and participated in the production of more than thirty musical projects, featured films and more than 24 documentaries, along with artists such as Rubén Blades, Julieta Venegas, Daniel Binelli, Fun People, Steve Albini, Alejandro Lerner, Hilda Lizarazu, Luis María Serra, Daniel Binelli, Miguel Ángel Sola, Inés Estévez, China Zorrilla and Francisco Kröpfl, among others.

He has promoted indigenous culture in all its forms and expressions, From the depths of Mother Earth is one his renowned projects , a compilation of musical heritage from Mapuche, Aymara, Colla, Qom and Guaraní cultures, using traditional instruments.

He has organized workshops on intellectual property and copyright in indigenous communities, through programs of the board “Rights of Indigenous Peoples” and “International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights” of the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires. He has promoted seminars and exhibitions of indigenous art and crafts in Argentina and other countries through Pro Diversitas and other NGOs. He’s been awarded prizes such us:  “Gardel Award” for Creativity (FNA), Apacheta Award, Encounter National Music Region Patagonia, Contribution to the Culture of Neuquén, among others.

He is director of the “Argentine Indigenous Culture Institute”, director of the “Open Board of Canadian Studies, Indigenous Peoples”, founder of “Peoples of Mother Earth”: the first political party with an open original conceptual base. Member of the “Human Rights Council of Indigenous Peoples” and “The Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore International”, organizations belonging to the UN.

He’s Professor for the bachelor’s degree in Native, Classical and Popular Music of America, at Tres de Febrero University. Honorary Advisor of the National Commission of Monuments, Places and Historical Assets.

Founding Member of LARAS, Latin Grammy.

Alejandro Iglesias Rossi

Bachelor’s degree on Music with Honors from the Boston Conservatory of Music (USA, 1982) and the Premier Prix in Electroacoustic Music Composition and Musical Research from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris (France, 1988).

As a composer, he was awarded two emblematic musical distinctions of UNESCO: the First Prize of the International Rostrum of Composers of the UNESCO (Paris 1985) for his work Ancestral Rites of a Forgotten Culture (Paris, 1985) considered as ” a masterpiece of music of the 20th century”, by the International Music Council of UNESCO; and the International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music of the UNESCO (Amsterdam, 1996), for his work Angelus.

His works have been performed around the world at: Lincoln Center, Center Georges Pompidou, Carnegie Hall, Oslo Konserthus, Teatro Colón, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Hong Kong City Hall, as well as in Radio and Television (BBC, Radio France, Deutschland Radio- Berlin, RAI, Polish National Radio, NHK-Tokio, Societe Radio Canada-CBC, New Zealand National Radio and Radio Nacional de España, among others).

He was a Jury of the 1991 UNESCO Prize of Honor for Music (Paris), of the World Music Days 1992 (Warsaw) and the “Juan Carlos Paz” Award from the National Endowment for the Arts for Musical Composition, among others.

As a performer and conductor, he created the Orchestra of Native Instruments and New Technologies and toured around the world. NAXOS CLASSICAL MUSIC catalog is the compilation of this tour.

Awarded the MUSICAL RIGHTS AWARDS of the International Music Council for being “an inspiring Program that recovers and gives artistic life to Indigenous musical instruments, most of them forgotten, while developing research, composition, Diplomas university courses, community courses, exhibitions, concerts and a pedagogical-musical model for children and adults”.

As a music educator, he created and directed the Master in Musical Creation, New Technologies and Traditional Arts as well as the Bachelor of Native, Classical and Popular Music of America at the National University of Tres de Febrero.

He has been a guest speaker at seminars in various countries around the world: Indonesia, Canada, New Zealand, Jordan, France, Poland, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Singapore.

As a researcher, he created and directed the Center for Ethnomusicology and Creation in Traditional and Avant-garde Arts “Dra. Isabel Aretz” from the National University of Tres de Febrero.

Traveled America with the aim of recovering the native musical instruments unknown for centuries (for example: sound incense, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic whistling bottles, ehecatl whistles, flutes and double, triple and quadruple ocarinas, etc.) and insert them again in the corpus available for creation, research, luthería and contemporary interpretation. The academic-artistic project that he directs at the National University of Tres de Febrero has been declared of Cultural Interest by the Honorable Senate of the Argentine Nation as well as by the MERCOSUR Parliament, whose Declaration indicates that “this research and creation model is unique in the world and tries to address knowledge in a comprehensive manner. In this intersection of indigenous instruments with new technologies, study with creation, the theoretical with the practical, and modern knowledge with ancient knowledge, an idea of ​​the work is promoted that brings it closer to a ritualistic and celebratory conception of the music”.

He is president of the Argentine Council of Music and vice-president of the Council of Music of the Three Americas of the International Music Council based at UNESCO, Paris.

Alberto Petrina

Alberto Petrina born in 1945 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Architect graduated from University of Buenos Aires School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism.

Professor of History of Architecture and Art I-II-III (2005-2016), Argentine Architecture (1991-2004 and 2013 -2016), member of the Institute of American Art and Aesthetic Research “Mario J. Buschiazzo” and of the Board of Directors by the Cloister of Professors (1990-2006). In 2016 he was appointed Consultant Professor for UBA. An  Associate Professor of History of Architecture at the Department of Architecture of the National University of Avellaneda.


He has been a Guest Professor at numerous universities in Argentina and Latin America, among which it is worth mentioning: Universidad Católica de Río Grande do Sul, Brazil; Universidad del Norte, Chile; National university of Colombia; University of Havana, Cuba; Universities of Seville and Granada, Spain; UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico); University of the Republic, Uruguay, and Central University of Venezuela.

He is author and/or co-author of  the following books: New architecture in Latin America: present and future (Gustavo Gili, México, 1990); Buenos Aires Architecture Guide (GCBA / Junta de Andalucía, Buenos Aires / Seville, 1994); Argentine Art of the 20th Century (Sívori Museum, Buenos Aires, 2000); Neocolonial and Art Deco Architecture Guides (GCBA, Buenos Aires, 2007); Argentine Architectural Heritage. Memory of the Bicentennial. Volumes I, II and III (Secretariat of Culture of the Nation, Buenos Aires, 2011 / Ministry of Culture of the Nation, Buenos Aires, 2014 and 2017); Modern Architecture in Buenos Aires (1928-1945). A study of the rental house (Fondo Nacional de las Artes / October, Buenos Aires, 2017) and Guide to National Historic Monuments. City of Buenos Aires (National Commission of Monuments, Places and Historical Assets, Buenos Aires, 2017).

Academic Director of Heritage and Nation. Memories of the Future and Heritage and Latin American Nation, thematic series of heritage dissemination commissioned by Argentine Public Television (2012-2014).

In the public function, he served as Director of  “Isaac Fernández Blanco” Museum of Hispano-American Art (1992-1997); Director of Museums, Monuments and Historic Sites of the Province of Buenos Aires (2000-2002); Director of Cultural Affairs of the Foreign Ministry (2002-2003); General Director of Heritage of the City of Buenos Aires (2006-2008); National Director of Heritage and Museums of the Ministry of Culture of the Presidency of the Nation (2009-2014) and Director of the Manzana de las Luces Historical-Cultural Complex (2015-2018).

Since 2002 he has been a member of the National Commission of Monuments, Places and Historical Assets, and since 2009 he serves as Vice President.

As well as Director of CEPAN (Center for the Study of National Architectural Heritage) since 2014.