American Indian studies to host Native American performance artist

Jonathan R. Diaz

The American Indian studies department and the American Indian Student Association are presenting performance artist James Luna of the California Luiseño tribe on April 16. The lecture will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Nobbs Auditorium, Sequoia Hall 104.

Luna, who grew up in Orange Country and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Southern California, has lived on the La Jolla Indian Reservation since 1975. Luna is most notably known for engaging the audience by making himself the subject of his art, as explained in an interview with

Scott Andrews, director of the American Indian Studies department said Andrews said Luna is well known in the American Indian world.

“He’s (Luna) internationally famous and has toured around the world,” Andrews said.

Luna also has a connection to CSUN.

“He worked here at one time as an adviser,” Andrews said.

This is the first time Luna will perform at CSUN.

“He told us he would like to come back for a performance, so we invited him,” Andrews said.

For more information about the event, please contact Kimberly Robertson at or via phone at (818) 677-2736, or Brian Burkhart at (818) 677-6481.