ACAA is a non-profit organization. The Amazigh Cultural Association in America (ACAA), Inc., is a non-profit organization registered in the state of New Jersey. It is organized and operated exclusively for cultural, educational, and scientific purposes to contribute to saving, promoting, and enriching the Amazigh (Berber) language and culture.
While the heartland of Amazigh culture lies in North Africa, including the Canary Islands, people of Amazigh background also live around the globe, by reason of emigration. The need for many people
of Amazigh descent in America to connect culturally with the Amazigh world can be seen, ultimately, as
the major reason for the birth of ACAA.
ACAA participates globally in the revival of the Amazigh culture. The practice of Amazigh language and culture has been seriously diminished by long periods of non-recognition in North African countries, officially identified as Arab and where Arabic is the only recognized and official language, and by emigration itself. Over the last fifteen years or so, the expression of Amazigh language and culture has become more acceptable in North Africa. At the same time, people of Amazigh background in America, Europe, and elsewhere have become more interested in preserving the Amazigh language and culture. Interest among scholars and researchers is also appreciable.
ACAA strives to address, in its activities and programs, the most evident impediments to language,
communication, and cultural practice. In its endeavor to achieve its goals, optimize global exchange of information and implement certain projects, ACAA collaborates with other associations, universities,