Bio

Jacque Tahuka-Nunez

(Master storyteller, Teacher, Singer, Director, Writer, Cultural Consultant, Keynote Inspirational Speaker) has made a successful career out of sharing her Acjachemen ancestral lineage. She prides herself on preserving and passing her culture along through the oral Native American tradition of storytelling. The last four years Jacque has worked with the California Indian Cultural Center and Justice Center in Santa Rosa as a Cultural Consultant conducting teacher’s in services, assisting in the Youth Ambassador program, creating Fourth Grade curriculum that completes a more accurate history of California Indigenous people.  She has been a Keynote speaker for U.C.I. Family Night Celebration, San Manuel Teacher In services for CNAD, Nevada State Educational Conference 2012, Nevada Youth Conference 2013, and Costa Mesa Historical 2013 Celebration including several Spiritual Events throughout the State of California.

While attending college at USC, she traveled across the country competing on the National Collegiate Speech Circuit and American Forensic League. She received the Most Outstanding Speaker Award from USC for three years and numerous medals for superior accomplishments, including 1st Place Gold Medal National Speech Competition. After graduating from USC and Pacific Christian College, she began to teach in elementary schools, where she enjoyed teaching for over 17 years.

Her storytelling career has become somewhat of a story in itself. She has shared her stories at Disneyland, Los Angeles and Anaheim Convention Centers, hundreds of schools, libraries, non-profit entities and also at several Southern California city events. She is one of the most requested Artists from the Orange County Performing Arts Center, now, Segerstrom Performing Art Center.

Throughout her career, she has received several esteemed awards: Lois Wright Memorial Award, Teacher Outstanding Achievement Award Orange County Department of Education, Outstanding Tribal Community Contribution Award and Cal State Fullerton “Teacher Making A Difference Award “Most Outstanding Teacher Award. Jacque was also selected to be the First Director of the Veteran’s Arts Festival and the Assistant Director of Marlton School of Deaf production of Cats performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C .and recently the City of San Juan Capistrano’s Yearly Award-Wall of Recognition. She was selected by the City of San Juan Capistrano to be their “Cultural Ambassador” 2014. The North American Indigenous Games  in Canada invited  one workshop leader from the United states, she was the chosen one! She is also the Ambassador of the New Non Profit called Four Directions. This year she will direct the Opening Ceremonies for the Special Arts Festival for the Orange County Dept. of Ed!

Jacque has also been given the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at both the unveiling of new United States Postal Stamps and the Angel Stadium. She has performed her Journeys to the Past On Stage theatrical performance for large venues such as Disneyland, Kavli Performing Arts Center and  Special Arts Festival, La Mirada Performing Arts Center, Wells Fargo Performing Arts Center, Cerritos Performing Arts Center and Sherman Federal Indian School.

While she continues storytelling at schools and large venues, she recently taped and performed an original story on PBS Children’s Television show. While creating her original story for PBS, she was inspired to create a new series of children’s books. Jacque resides in San Juan Capistrano, California with her husband Ed Nunez and their children.

To  contact Jacque Tahuka Nunez Acjachemen Descendent -Juaneno Band of Mission Indians

please email at journeystothepast@yahoo.com 949 248-2558