2018 Award for Lifetime Achievement
Quechua Alliance Annual Meeting
Elva is the founder and director of the Quechua Collective of New York. A native of Chincheros (Apurímac, Perú) She moved to the U.S. as a teenager, but the lack of Quechua-language resources, the demands of school and work, and the absence of a Quechua-speaking community made it incredibly difficult for her to maintain the Quechua language. Now in her seventies, she is determined not only to revive her mother tongue for herself, but to help promote respect for Quechua languages and indigenous cultures throughout New York City. Elva is an inspiration for the new generation of U.S. Quechua learners and speakers. Her life journey was featured in the short documentary ‘Living Quechua‘ (2015).
- Kichwa Katari (2017): is a weekly radio program, the first in the indigenous Kichwa language in the U.S, aimed at reaching the Quechua/Kichwa population in the United States, particularly in New York.
- Julia García (2016): Bolivian teacher and community leader in Virginia.
- Clodoaldo Soto (2015): Peruvian professor of Quechua at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is the author a worldwide renowned Quechua language learning manual.