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Who we are

Sacred Voices is a Denver based, indigenous, youth focused organization that was founded in 2004.
Originally known as Cafe Cultura, Sacred Voices has made it its mission to continue our oral and written traditions and pass them on to the next generation.
Whether it be through our open mics or workshops, Sacred Voices is committed to making our community's voice heard.

What we do

Sacred Voices hosts an open mic every month at Denver Open Media. It is the only open mic in town that is focused on youth.
We also conduct culturally engaging spoken word/poetry workshops for students in the Denver Metro area. These workshops teach students the power of their voice as well as the power of their racial identity and sexuality.

Our Board of Directors

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Hannabah Blue is a poet and Diné woman originally from Kirtland, New Mexico. Hannabah has a breadth of experience working on race and social justice issues in health, particularly those affecting Queer People of Color, and Native and Indigenous communities. She has served as the Public Health Services Project Manager at the American Indian Public Health Resource Center at North Dakota State University. In this role, she worked with tribes in the Great Plains region to build infrastructure for public health efforts, including around harm reduction and HIV/Hepatitis C prevention. She has an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism, and Gender and Sexuality Studies from New York University, and a Maternal and Child Health Graduate Certificate focusing on Native women through the University of Arizona. She recently earned a Master of Science degree from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, with concentrations in women, gender, and maternal and child health.

Board Co-Chair

Hannabah Blue

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Astin Lopez is a musician, writer, worker, and sound engineer currently living in Denver, Colorado. He has a BS in Music from the University of Colorado Denver. His music is focused on isolation, depression, and the struggles of modern society. He is the Director of Media for Sacred Voices. He produces and organizes all of Sacred Voices' Open Mics, as well as manages Sacred Voices' online presence. Astin is also a freelance songwriter and audio technician writing music for local shows such as Circus Foundry and providing audio expertise to Abiding Hope Church.

Board Treasurer

Astin Lopez

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Tanaya Winder is a poet, writer, artist and educator who was raised on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, CO. Tanaya has taught writing courses at Stanford University, UC-Boulder, and the University of New Mexico. She has a BA in English from Stanford University and a MFA in creative writing from UNM. She is a co-founder of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World. She was a TEDxABQ speaker in 2013. Tanaya is the Director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Upward Bound Program, which services 103 Native American youth from 5 states, 12 high schools, and 5 reservations across the country. Finally, she created Dream Warriors Management, which currently consists of Indigenous Artists: Mic Jordan, Lyla June, Tall Paul, and Frank Waln. Tanaya manages these artists, each of whom travels to perform concerts, run workshops, teach empowerment and artistic skill sets, and speak at various engagements throughout the country.

Board of Directors Member

Tanaya Winder

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Josie Valadez Fraire is an indigenous womxn, feeler, lover, and thinker currently living on occupied Cheyenne and Arapaho territory in so-called Denver, Colorado. Her homelands are south of the colonial border in so-called Mexico. Her work is focused on community and youth centered decolonizing knowledge sharing and mental health. Specifically, she works to unpack topics of indigeneity in Brown communities that have been denied access or opportunity to learn traditional ways of knowing and being. She loves to write, listen, laugh, pray, and (un)learn. Josie prays to support in healing herself, others, and our Earth through lovesharing and sacred connection with all relations. 

Board Co-Chair

Josie Valadez-Fraire

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Jenny Valadez Fraire is a Bold Barista, Thrive member, and jewelry entrepreneur, based in Denver, Colorado. She is currently a student at Metropolitan State University. She owns and operates a small business selling beadwork. 

Board Secretary

Jenny Valadez-Fraire