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February 9, 2015

L.A.-based performers Las cafeteras speak on the power of storytelling

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On the morning of Wednesday February 4th the East L.A. son jarocho band Las Cafeteras took time out from their mostly sold-out West Coast tour to visit the UO and give two back-to-back workshops for our Spanish Heritage Language (SHL) classes.

The workshop, entitled “Sounds of Resistance: From Storytelling to Movement Building” was an interactive session engaging our SHL students and faculty in the power of storytelling as a tool of resistance against power, privilege and silence. The workshop incorporated Las Cafeteras’ own hip-hop infused urban folk brand of son jarocho music as well as spoken word and our own student’s personal testimonials to explore storytelling as a tool of activism and social justice. Many of the Spanish Heritage students in attendance also attended Las Caferas’ performance later that evening at the WOW Hall in downtown Eugene. Here is what students in attendance had to say about the experience:

“This workshop hit home for me. Gracias a [Senior Instructor of Spanish] Heather Quarles (pues, todas las profesoras) y el programa de SHL para esta oportunidad. ‘Until lions write books, history will glorify the hunter.’”– Jennifer Esparza

“Esta experiencia fue muy interesante para mi, porque cuando era niña vivía en east L.A. Por eso, podía relacionarme con su música y mensaje”. –Maddie Gomez

“Gracias a todos que ayudaron a traer a Las Cafeteras a la universidad para hablar. La experiencia fue fenomenal y el concierto también”. –Gabby Gomez

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