James Luna


Native Stories: The Ground Beneath Us

James Luna said “Forget what you thought you know about American Red Indians”.

Luna’s performance will take you on a road trip of the reality of what he sees as contemporary Indian life. The landscape of the earth & sky will be our destination. The perverted vehicle will be stories of fantasy futuristic tales, personal antidotes, country music legend Merle Haggard and the spirits within all of us, all said with irony, humour and hope.

“We are global racial strife and we are what we are, missing is to first look at our similarities as humans and then we can consider the differences.”

James Luna is a Pooyukitchchum/Ipai native who presents his stories to share his political and social commentary through performance art. He uses monologues, visual examples, and antics to tell stories that delve deep into the strife and misconceptions of ethnicity in America. He is a powerful force in performance art today and has received numerous grants and awards and his performances have toured internationally. In 2005, he was selected as the first Sponsored Artist of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale’s 51st International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy. In 2012 James was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Survey of performance works: James Luna Selected Live Art 


access to performance by day ticket only: Saturday 26 November, 19.00 (1 hour)