(Santa Ana, CA) - Santa Ana College (SAC) is celebrating indigenous heritage with a morning of cultural and educational exhibitions, food, dance and master storyteller Jacque Tahuka-Nunez on Monday, March 4.
A resource fair will also take place and will include the following organizations: The Southern California Indian Center and Walking Shield, California Native Vote Project, American Indian Scholarship Foundation, Sacred Hearts Native Domestic Violence Advocacy Group, Intertribal Youth Council of Orange County, Native Veterans and SAC Associated Student Government, SAC Outreach, and SAC’s Veteran Office.
“We are pleased to provide this event to our students and the community,” said SAC President Dr. Linda Rose. “We want to support indigenous groups within Santa Ana College’s service area and share indigenous stories from superb storytellers like Jacque.”
Tahuka-Nunez is a singer, director and writer and will perform at the event. Part of the California indigenous Acjachemen tribe, Tahuka-Nunez prides herself on preserving and passing her culture through the oral storytelling tradition. She has shared her stories at Disneyland, the Los Angeles and Anaheim Convention Centers, Special Arts Festival, Kavli Performing Arts Center, and at hundreds of schools, libraries and non-profits. In addition to being one of the most requested artists at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Tahuka-Nunez takes her Journeys Through the Past presentation, which educates students the Acjachemen Nation through stories, songs, tools, instruments, games and clothing into schools and on stages to further preserve indigenous cultures.
This free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Santa Ana College amphitheater, 1530 W. 17th Street in Santa Ana.
About Santa Ana College
Santa Ana College (SAC), which turned 100 years old in 2015, serves about 18,000 students each semester at its main campus in Santa Ana. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions, provides invaluable workforce training, and customized training for business and industry. In addition, another 11,000 students are served through the college’s School of Continuing Education located at Centennial Education Center. Ranked as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges awarding associate degrees to Latino and Asian students, the college is also recognized throughout the state for its comprehensive workforce training programs for nurses, firefighters, law enforcement and other medical personnel. SAC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.