Humanities Nebraska Brings South American Music to Grand Island Public Library |


Musician Oscar Rios Pohirieth will present a program for all ages, “Andean Folk Music and South American Cultures,” at 10:30 a.m. on June 27 at the Grand Island Public Library.

Discover the Andean cultures of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Chile through an acoustic journey and storytelling. Rios Pohirieth, the founder and director of Lincoln-based Andean musical group Kusi Taki (Quechua for Enchanting Music), will play traditional South American instruments, including the quena (flute), zampoñas (panpipes), charango (ten-string instrument small guitar) and Bombo (goatskin drum) and sing in Spanish and Quechua to bring to life the cultures and history of the indigenous peoples of the Andes.

For more information about the program, contact the Grand Island Public Library at 308-385-5333, or visit

“Andean Folk Music and Cultures of South America” ​​is one of more than 300 programs offered by the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 speakers available include renowned scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the country.

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Speakers are available to any Nebraska nonprofit organization. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period.

The most frequent users of the HN Speakers Bureau are elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations. Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the United States according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information on available speakers and guidelines for booking them, visit (Speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone 402-474-2131 , fax 402-474-4852 or email [email protected]


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