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Radio El Tambo Stereo is broadcasting the program Kichwa Hatari, in the kichwa language, as an effort by an Ecuadorian crew to preserve and promote the use of the language in the U.S.

Broadcasted over the internet from the Bronx, Kichwa Hatari tries to keep the kichwa language, a variation of quechua spoken in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, alive.

The Ecuadorians, Segundo Angamarca, construction worker; Charlie Uruchima, New York University student, and Luis Antonio Lema, translator at court, are the responsables of this cultural project.

"Kichwa Hatari means 'Lifting Up Kichwa’. Kichwa is an indigenous language of the Ecuadorean Andes classified as endangered by UNESCO,” states the Association for Teaching Indigenous Languages of Latin America. 

Presenter, Segundo Angamarca is worried that many kichwa speakers in the U.S. don’t teach their children the language because they are ashamed of speaking an indigenous language.

“I have held many interviews for the program and kichwas speakers refuse to speak our language because they are ashamed,” said the Ecuadorian.

He added, “We’re losing our kichwa language, that’s why we want to encourage its use in the Ecuadorian community, mostly here in the U.S. where many immigrants live.”

The program started broadcasting on July 25, and around 250 people has been listening to it every Friday.

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