In this performance work, Luna combines and refines selected monologue and conceptual performance pieces with new stories. Luna wants the audience to become familiar with his Pooyukitchum (Luiseno) peoples, whose territory is located in the North County San Diego, Calif., area, a news release said.
Luna will take the public on a nostalgic visit to his grandparents’ kitchen, where tribal knowledge and family values came alive during the early summer canning of fruits and vegetables. He also will invite the public to understand some very basic concepts of Indian ceremony and dance in “We Become Them.” The finale of the performance is aride to heaven and hell upon “Luna’s War Pony.”
After “Native Stories,” the audience is invited to engage in a question-and-answer session moderated by UND faculty . A public reception with Luna in the Empire’s UND Arts Collections Gallery will be held before and after the performance. The event is free. Other public events with Luna include:
A public presentation, “Phantasmagoria: A Multimedia Lecture,” at 1 p.m., today in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall in the UND Hughes Fine Arts Center.
UND American Indian Student Services will host a reception for Luna from 3to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UND American Indian Center, 315 Princeton St.
Born in 1950, Luna earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. In a notable performance from the 1970s, he unpacked a bag filled with “Indian” objects and created new rituals. In 1987 at the Museum of Man in San Diego, he exhibited himself in a glass case for In Artifact Piece.
The National Museum of the American Indian nominated Luna to participate in the Venice Biennale in 2005, citing his emotionally compelling performances that dramatically expand the possibilities of American Indian art.