Los Herederos (the inheritors) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and promotion of the personal narratives and complex histories that accompany the arrival and dissemination of folk traditions in New York City.

Founding Statement

Founded in 2015 by Mauricio Bayona (videographer), Naomi Sturm (folklorist/ethnomusicologist), and Diana Bejarano (photographer), Los Herederos combines an interdisciplinary approach to documentary storytelling with digital/multi-media resources to amplify the voices of a new wave of New York City-based heritage bearers finding their roots in the traditions of their ancestors. Los Herederos’ projects capture, through transmedia storytelling, what it truly means to be an inheritor of tradition within today’s ethnic subcultures.

We pledge to support positive cultural trends by making the best possible graphic, written, video and audio representations, in order to document the work of individual inheritors. We adapt our artist-driven projects and archives, to reflect the evolving nature of community and tradition, while providing momentary snapshots of a unique moment in New York City’s cultural history.