Generations of Artists Supporting the Future (Original textile art by J'net Ayayqwyaksheelth with multi-media collaboration with Métis artist Jason Baerg)

Welcome to ECYAI 2021, the Indigenous Encounters 2021: Art, Culture and Design of the Americas. Due to Covid-19 we will continue as an Online Edition.
A selection of webinar series will be hosted over five days from May 3rd to 7th, 2021

“We would like to begin by acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples of all the lands that we are on today.  While we meet today on a virtual platform, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the importance of the land of which we each call home. We do this to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility in improving relationships and our own understanding of local Indigenous peoples and their cultures.”

Following the great success of our 1st Indigenous Colloquium: Culture, Art and Architecture of the Americas (March 18-22, 2019) at BNMM, in Buenos Aires, and our 2nd Virtual Encounters ECYAI2020 (November 16-20, 2020), we are very pleased to host the 3rd Virtual Encounters ECYAI2021.

ECYAI2021 Encounters brings to life the commitments made between Argentina and Canada at the Cultural Summits of the Americas, and the ongoing support of the Canadian Embassy in Argentina for multiple cultural activities with Indigenous people and their communities. The online nature of ECYAI 2021 will continue to bring together people throughout the Americas despite the current pandemic situation. Hoping to impact Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities worldwide.

ECYAI2021 will bring exciting new opportunities to share knowledge and experiences through the Indigenous Worldview perspective. Our goal is to continue the dialogue among different Indigenous communities from Argentina and Canada.


Panel: Colours, Materials and Symbols. The Visual Language of Fashion
Speakers: Barbara Teller-Ornelas, Celeste Pedri-Spade, Melaw Nakehk’o, Jean Marshall.
Moderator: Riley Kucheran
Date: May 3rd, 2021
Time: 17hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina
Format: Webinar via Zoom.
Panel: Experiences and achievements of South American Indigenous Women: Speaking from inside, speaking with Academia.
Speakers: Norma Acosta (Quechua Vilela People), Viviana Figueroa (Omaguaca People) and Cristina Rafanelli (Argentinian journalist and writer)
Moderator: Juan Namuncura (Mapuche Nation, Aymara People)
Date: May 4th, 2021
Time: 17 h Canada EST – 18 h Argentina
Format: Webinar via Zoom.
Panel: Intercultural Conversations
Speakers: Miriam Soria González (Shipibo Konibo /Moatian yosiboan axé), Vilma Palax (Kaqchikel People, Guatemala), and Francisco Morales (Aymara Kolla Nation).
Moderator: Rosalía Gutiérrez (Coya People).
Date: May 5th, 2021
Time: 17hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina.
Format: Webinar via Zoom.
Panel: Towards the Sun. A conversation
Speakers: Maria Hupfield and Natalie Diaz
Date: May 7th, 20217
Time: 17hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina.
Format: Webinar via Zoom.
Panel: Reminders for the People
Speakers: Mariel Belanger, Syilx / Okanagan Nation. Aner Urra, Mapuche Nation.
Date: May 6th, 2021
Time: 16hrs Canada EST – 17hrs Argentina.
Format: Webinar via Zoom.
Panel: How Indigenous Artisans reinvented themselves in times of Pandemic
Speakers: Catalina Huenuan (Chané People), Norma Rodríguez (Wichi People), Paula Ávila (Mapuche People), Analinda Ávila (Kuna Abyala People).
Moderator: Felicitas Luna
Date: 6th May, 2021
Time: 17hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina.
Format: Webinar via Zoom.

From the depth of Mother Earth



We dedicate this Project to the heroes of the history of the Native Peoples, who struggled for us to be here today. In memory of the Great Spirit of Aime Painé who is present among us, to the non-indigenous Brothers who realized that they are, as well, children of Mother Earth, and that we are waking together, and to the Humanity Soul, because only together we can reach the stars.

Juan Namuncura
DE LO PROFUNDO DE LA MADRE TIERRA, musical and visual survey project, produced by the Argentine Indigenous Culture Institute (ICIA) directed by Juan Namuncura. Awarded the “Declaration of National Interest” from the Senate of the Argentine Nation, the “Honorable Mention” from the Gardel Awards.