John Trudell

CSUSM Celebrates Native American Month through November

Cal State San Marcos celebrates Native American Month through November with a series of events showcasing film, poetry, and cultural arts featuring nationally recognized Native American artists. All events are free and open to the public.

Warrior Words: An Evening with John Trudell, will be the series keynote event Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Arts Building, Room 111.

Trudell, an internationally acclaimed poet, recording artist, actor and activist, was a spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM), serving as Chairman of AIM from 1973 to 1979. In February of 1979, a fire of unknown origin killed Trudell’s wife, three children and mother-in-law. It was through this horrific tragedy that Trudell began to find his voice as an artist and poet, writing, in his words, “to stay connected to this reality.”

His latest double album, Madness & The Moremes, showcases more than five years of new music and includes special Ghost Tracks of old favorite Trudell tunes made with legendary Kiowa guitarist Jesse Ed Davis.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Basket-Weaving: Lecture and Demonstration
Thursday, Nov. 6, at Noon
Tukwut Courtyard

Storytelling: Abel Silvas as Running Grunion
Thursday, Nov. 13, at Noon
Academic Hall Mezzanine

Kapluli Omeyocan Aztec Dancers
Thursday, Nov. 20, at Noon
Forum Plaza near Kellogg Library

Native American Documentary Series:

Trudell (2005)
Monday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m.                   
Clarke Field House, Room 113

The Way of the Warrior (2007)
Monday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m.
Clarke Field House, Room 113

Looking Toward Home (2003)
Monday, Nov.  17, at 6 p.m.
Clarke Field House, Room 113

A Seat at the Drum (2006)
Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m.
Clarke Field House, Room 113

For additional information, contact Tim Bills at ext. 7406 or email tbills@csusm.edu.

For additional information, contact Tim Bills at ext. 7406 or email tbills@csusm.edu.