RUNA ÑAWI Labs 2020

Week 3 | Semana 3


Possibilities in Post Production Sound: Breaking through the barriers of exclusive knowledge

ENGLISH: Saturday, Oct. 31st 
@ 2-4 pm ET

*Please note, this workshop will only be offered in English*

About the workshop:

Like many other professions, the audio post world generally lacks representation in the workforce…there are not many people of indigenous descent let alone people of color involved. Which is why we believe that it should be a prerogative of ours to make this professional space more inclusive. One of the ways to do this is by sharing knowledge and resources. In this workshop we will explore the fundamental workflows and concepts of sound design, mixing and audio editing for podcasts and film primarily. We will also share downloadable sound effects and try to point people in the right direction to find cheaper alternatives when it comes to tools and software used for executing technical tasks.

*Deadline to sign up for this workshop is Saturday, Oct 31st at 10am (EST). Filling out this form does not guarantee admission- there is a 15 person cap. Priority will be given to Andean/ indigenous or BIPOC-identifying persons. Organizers will reach out 3 hours before workshop time to confirm your participation and send Zoom credentials*

About Ben:

Ben Kruse Calla ( is an audio editor, sound engineer and re-recording mixer that currently works as a Podcast sound designer and Mixer for Vice Media. Though based in Chicago, he is a New Yorker and a Bolivian (Cochabambino y Paceño) at heart. He received his BFA in Sonic Arts from the City College of New York. His work in film includes: Step ( Documentary - Sundance Film Festival), Sidelined (Documentary Short - Tribeca Film Festival) and Keepers of the Game (Documentary Tribeca Film Festival). Working on podcasts and films that tell relevant stories are what he enjoys the most.

Week 2 | Semana 2


Warmis in Illustration: Decolonizing

Warmis en ilustración:


ENGLISH: Monday, Oct. 26th @ 7-9 pm ET             ESPAÑOL: Miércoles, 28 de oct. @ 7-9 pm ET

About the workshop:

Till today, Indigenous peoples are continuously being misrepresented or completely erased from mainstream narratives. Often we are seen only as costumes, mascots, or fictional characters, giving very little accurate representation of what it means to be Indigenous in the 21st century. In this workshop we will dive into the importance of reclaiming our narrative through visual storytelling and the impact of self-representation. We will be taking a look at Indigenous artists that have used their art as a way to reclaim space and empower Indigenous voices from their own communities. We will also be engaging in conversation, sharing knowledge, and resources on how to empower ourselves and others through the power of self reclamation.


Sobre el taller: 

Hasta hoy, los pueblos indígenas están siendo continuamente tergiversados o completamente borrados de las narrativas de la corriente principal. A menudo se nos ve sólo como disfraces, mascotas o personajes ficticios, dando muy poca representación exacta de lo que significa ser Indígena en el siglo XXI. En este taller hablaremos de la importancia de recuperar nuestra narrativa a través de la narración visual y el impacto de la auto-representación. Miraremos a  artistas Indígenas que han usado su arte como una forma de reclamar el espacio y potenciar las voces indígenas de sus propias comunidades. También participaremos en conversaciones, compartiendo conocimientos y recursos sobre cómo empoderarnos a nosotros mismos y a otros a través del poder de la auto-reclamación.

About Adina:

Adina Farinango is a Kichwa Artist using art as an act of resistance, healing, and self expression. Her illustrations are a way to navigate and strengthen her own identity as an urban Indigenous part of the Kichwa diaspora. Her work is heavily influenced by the resilience and strength of matriarchs in her community, past, present, and future. Through this practice she seeks to Indigenize digital spaces as a way to reclaim her narrative as an Indigenous woman. She is currently based in Lenape Territory (The Bronx, New York).


About Paki:

Shawna Pancarita Farinango, Kichwa Digital Creator based in Haudenosaunee Territory (Hamilton, Ontario) and Kichwa Territory (Otavalo, Ecuador). Her work is inspired by the resistance of her community, the beauty of la Pachamama and the strong and powerful Warmis that surround her. Through her artwork, she tries to deconstruct the narrative that has been imposed on her community by showcasing her lived experiences of what it means to live in a marginalized brown Indigenous body. She uses illustrating and graphic design as a way to explore the complexities of beauty standards, society norms, and misrepresentation of Warmis in her community. Her art has not only been a way to express herself, to take up space, and go against stereotypes of Indigenous folx but as a way of self reclamation, finding her power, and most importantly strengthening her identity.


Sobre Adina:
Adina Farinango es una artista Kichwa utilizando el arte como un acto de resistencia, curación y auto expresión. Sus ilustraciones son una manera de navegar y fortalecer su propia identidad como Indígena urbana de la diáspora Kichwa. Su trabajo está fuertemente influenciado por la resistencia y la lucha de las matriarcas de su comunidad, pasado, presente y futuro. A través de esta práctica busca Indigenizar espacios digitales como una forma de reclamar su narrativa como mujer Indígena. Actualmente reside en Territorio Lenape (El Bronx, Nueva York).

Sobre Paki:

Shawna Pancarita Farinango, Creadora Digital Kichwa con sede en el Territorio Haudenosaunee (Hamilton, Ontario) y en el Territorio Kichwa (Otavalo, Ecuador). Su trabajo es inspirado en la resistencia de su comunidad, la belleza de la Pachamama y las fuertes y las poderosas Warmis que la rodean. A través de sus obras, intenta deconstruir la narrativa que se ha impuesto en su comunidad mostrando sus experiencias vividas de lo que significa vivir en un cuerpo Indígena marrón marginado. Utiliza la ilustración y el diseño gráfico como una forma de explorar las complejidades de los estándares de belleza, las normas de la sociedad y la tergiversación de las Warmis en su comunidad. Su arte no sólo ha sido una forma de expresarse, de ocupar espacio e ir en contra de los estereotipos de personas Indígenas, sino también una forma de auto-reclamarse, de encontrar su poder y, lo más importante, fortalecer su identidad.

Week 1 | Semana 1

Sacred Territories: Reclaiming our stories through visual narratives

Territorios Sagrados: Recuperando nuestras historias a través de narrativas visuales

ENGLISH: Monday, Oct. 19th @ 7-9 pm             ESPAÑOL: Jueves, 22 de oct. @ 7-9 pm

About the workshop:

Throughout history our stories have been extracted from us, mass media has presented us with one version of history and visual representation still perpetuates the colonialist, patriarchal gaze. In this workshop we will delve into a brief overview of indigenous photographers that have been challenging the ways in which indigenous communities are represented, learn tools to decolonize the construction of the image, and engage in a dialogue about how by radically and compassionately looking at ourselves we reclaim our own stories.

*Deadline to sign up for this workshop is Sunday, Oct 18 at 5PM (EST). Filling out this form does not guarantee admission- there is a 15 person cap. Priority will be given to Kichwa indigenous or BIPOC-identifying persons. Organizers will reach out 24 hours before workshop time to confirm your participation and send Zoom credentials*


Sobre el taller: 

A lo largo de la historia, nuestras historias han sido construidas desde la mirada colonialista y patriarcal. En este taller conoceremos lxs trabajos visuales de fotógrafxs indígenas que han estado desafiando las formas en que las comunidades originarias son representadas. Aprenderemos herramientas para descolonizar la construcción de la imagen y entablaremos un diálogo sobre cómo podemos usar el auto-retrato para fomentar el amor propio radical y construir narrativas visuales que representen nuestras realidades, sin folklorismos ni estereotipos. 

*Fecha límite para inscribirse para este taller es miércoles 21 de octubre a las 5:00 pm. (EST). Completando este formulario no garantiza admisión; hay un límite de 15 personas. Se dará prioridad a personas indígenas Kichwa o que se identifiquen como Afro, Indígena, o persona de color. Los organizadores se comunicarán con 24 horas de anticipación para confirmar su participación en el taller y enviarle los credenciales de Zoom*

About Eli:

Eli Farinango is a lens-based Kichwa artist working in themes of migration, reclaiming the gaze and healing from a decolonized perspective. She is a self taught artist who uses photography as a medium for self discovery and empowerment. In her work she seeks to question and understand what it means to be Kichwa in the diaspora, while capturing the beauty and strength of her community. Her work has been featured in various publications, she is the winner of the first place prize in the individual category in the First Congress of Latin American Women Photographers (Fotógrafas Latinoamericanas), shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist scholarship, part of the mentorship class (2019 - 2020) for Women Photograph, and she is currently a member of the Native Photograph collective. She is currently enrolled in the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center of Photography.  She is currently based in Haudenosaunee territory (Hamilton, Canada).


Sobre Eli:
Eli Farinango es una artista y fotógrafa kichwa. Su trabajo trata temas de comunidades migrantes, del cuerpo como territorio y la sanación desde una perspectiva decolonial. Es fotógrafa autodidacta que utiliza su arte como una herramienta para el autodescubrimiento, el empoderamiento y cuestionar lo que significa ser Kichwa en la diáspora. Su trabajo ha sido presentado en diversas publicaciones: es ganadora del primer premio en la categoría individual en el Congreso Internacional de Fotógrafas Latinoamericanas, preseleccionada para la beca Artistas Emergentes de la Fundación Lucie (USA), seleccionada para la clase de mentoría (2019 - 2020) con Women Photograph, y miembra del colectivo internacional Native Photograph. Actualmente, Eli estudia fotoperiodismo en El Centro Internacional de Fotografía (The International Center of Photography) y se encuentra viviendo en territorio Haudenosaunee (Hamilton, Canadá)

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