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Indigenous Children's Virtual Contest

Abya Yala Cultural Exchange

Coopdanza INC/ USA 

Procedure for Submission

  • Register online and upload videos from August 20 - September 4th, 2020 in one of four categories: 

  • Poetry or prose

  • Visual art

  • Performance art  

  • Music

  • Upload videos from the public launching through September 4th; viewers will vote for a full month. Coopdanza will stream the entries; participants are urged to create their own viewing audience as well.

  • First round of Voting ends October 5th; Finalists will be calculated.

  • Second round of new voting for finalists from October 9th to 12th

  • Virtual Ceremony announcing winners: October 15th

Coopdanza, Inc/USA invites Indigenous children (6-12 years old) from the United States and Colombia to participate in an Abya-Yala Cultural Exchange. Abya-Yala is the Kuna Native phrase for "Continent of Life" and is representative of ALL of the Americas.  


Contestants can submit digital creations and pieces, five minutes or less, in four different categories: music (vocal and/or instrumental); poetry or prose; visual art (drawing, painting, digital animation; performance art (dance, theater, radio presentations).  


Entries can be made by individuals or teams. We are especially interested in works inspired the COVID-19 public health crisis. All submissions will be accepted.

The Abya-Yala Children's Festival will sponsor culture/artistic exchanges between Indigenous children of the United States and Colombia for a virtual audience from both countries and around the world.


This is an opportunity for children to showcase their artistic expressions while we practice social distancing because of the pandemic. Using social networks, tribal communities, Native organizations, urban Indigenous voices, and other venues that have been generated by our current situation, we  will provide a safe space and an interactive digital platform to bring a sense of normality to children, to learn from each other’s cultures and especially to educate everyone in these desperate times.


A 12 year-old Shinnecock boy ( English speaker) from the United States and a 9 year-old Yanacona girl (Spanish speaker) from Colombia will host the Festival and announce the participants will build a virtual fan base of voters from  their communities as well as supporters from around the world. Winners will be chosen by an online voting process, not by





















Yurani Andrea Champutis Uni (Yanacona)

Colombian Hostess

 Kodiak Tarrant


USA Host

Coopdanza, and each category will be awarded a cash prize in both the US and Colombia (eight prizes total). In addition, we will introduce the public to Indigenous issues throughout the Americas.

Coopdanza INC/ USA 


Contact Us

Yvonne W Dennis/ Coopdanza, Inc/USA. 

 Cristina Cortes/ Coopdanza, Inc/Colombia 


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