After years of studying Quechua, Américo Mendoza Mori moved to Cusco to fully immerse himself in the language. And while he enrolled in a course and worked with a tutor, he couldn’t find anyone willing to speak the language with him outside of the classroom. Fast forward a few years and Mendoza Mori found himself in New York City discussing the contributions of indigenous groups in urban societies at the United Nations. Américo started the Quechua Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Even though Quechua’s the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas, there’s a prevailing misconception that it’s a thing of the past. Read more.