PIkajiraa  süma

in 2020



A virtual INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL originated IN NEW YORK CITY connecting children and scholars from north and south.

from INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S day to Native american heritage.


Pikajiraa suma 2020 (Wayuu Resilience) Indigenous Festival is made possible with public funds from the national endowment of the arts, NEA and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan cultural council, LMCC


 A regenerative local and international swap or trueque of Indigenous art and academic exchanges. a space FOR intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue TO comprise, to expose and explore different forms of decolonization AND to re-build the concepts of indigeneity, history and power.

Indigenous Academic Exchange on November 19, 2020:

Wayuu, Xicano/Mexicha, Mapuche, Maya and Navajo activists and scholars 


 Pikajiraa Süma means Wayuu Resilience honoring the Wayuu people located in the north of Colombia and Venezuela in South America. 

Pikajiraa Suma 2020 is the second version of an Indigenous Festival organized by Coopdanza, Inc. In 2016 ECSP: Eagle/Condor/Swap/Program was created in partnership with the Anthropology Department of the John Jay College, CUNY and supported by theAdvance Research Collaborative Institute at the Graduate Center, The Doctorate Student Council and the Colombian Students Group of the City University of New York, CUNY and the Queens Council for the Arts.


The festival was inspired by the tragedy of the Wayúu  Indigenous Communities in La Wajiira which still resist the Colombian government and a very powerful extractive transnational corporation.

The festival was a platform of denouncing extractive practices in North and South America. For more than a year we connected through CLACS with scholars from different campuses working and researching about extractive practices, gender perspectives and youth issues on Indigenous territories.


Our Festival in 2020 Is a two-part International Exchange of Cultures and Expressions from the North and the South.

In November 2020 we did feature a spotlight and exchange of scholars representing Indigenous peoples from North and South America with an Academic and Scholar virtual exchange about human rights and extractive policies of corporations at Indian territories in partnership with CUNY and NYU and the Anthropology Department of John Jay College at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Official Flyer nov 2020

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INDIGENOUS Academic exchange 2020 videos

Part 1 

Part 2 

Part 3

The second part will be a live on stage  Indigenous Exchange of the Arts, in New York City in April 2021

during the Celebration of Earth Day in New York.