The History of the Luiseno People

James Luna

1993 | 00:27:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Indigenous, Performance

Based on his ever-changing performance Indian Tails, this video features Luna sitting alone in his darkened room in front of the TV on Christmas Eve. As he sits, he calls friends, family and ex-lovers, excusing himself from all their celebrations. Luna tells us, "In the work there is a thin line between what is fictional and what is non-fiction, and what is real emotion and what is art. … There is a cultural element where I let (or seem to let) people in on American Indian cultures. There are also elements in the work about American culture that everyone can identify with, and that makes for an understanding that we are all more alike than different."

This title is also available on the compilation What Was Always Yours and Never Lost.

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Prizes + Awards

Best Live Short Subject: American Indian Motion Pictures Awards (The American Indian Film Festival)

San Francisco, CA, 1993