ISHI: The Archive Performance by James Luna

Posted 16/01/28 in EVENTS


ISHI: The Archive Performance by James Luna

The Woodland Cultural Centre & OCADU - Inidgneous Visual Culture is pleased to present a one night only performance by the internationally renowned performance and visual artist James Luna. In association with Native Earth Theatre, this Toronto Premiere of James’ newest performance  ISHI: The Archive Performance will be presented at Aki Studio, Native Earth Performing Arts located at 585 Dundas St E #250 in Toronto, Ontario on February 16th at 8:00pm.

Written and performed by James Luna and featuring artist Jeneen Frei Njootli, ISHI: The Archive Performance tells the story of Ishi, an Indian who man walked into the small northern California town of Oroville. His sudden appearance inspired fright, laughter, and pity from the populace. The civic leaders contacted an anthropologist who came to the conclusion that Ishi was in deed the last of his tribe. It was decided that for his welfare and for the advancement of science that he would occupy the Museum on the University of California Berkeley’s campus, where he lived out his remaining years as a living specimen.

Tickets can be purchased through the Native Earth Performing Arts box office -


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, NM

JENEEN FREI NJOOTLI is a Gwich’in artist who is gaining recognition for her work in visual and performance art, touring across Canada. She is a founding member of the ReMatriate collective and has been working with James Luna since 2015.

Thank you to Canada Council of the Arts and Ontario Arts Council for additional support to this event.  This performance corresponds with Jame's Luna's exhibition PERFORMAGRAPHIC on display in the Woodland Cultural Centre's gallery spaces February 16th - May 6, 2016.

For more information about this performance or exhibition contact:
Naomi Johnson
519-759-2650 ext. 243

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