The art of California artisan work


Thomas Long, a Cal State San Bernardino associate professor of history, and Myra Masiel-Zamora, the associate curator for Pechanga Cultural Resources, will speak about the work of California artisans and how it relates to the new CSUSB exhibitRAFFMA_Temeeku_DA2G1340ion, “A Walk through Teméeku: A look into the past and present of the Luiseño people.”

The lecture is free and open to the public at the university’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art on Thursday, March 14, at 5 p.m.

Located in the Temecula Valley, Teméeku is one of the first villages of the Luiseño people and was inhabited at least 10,000 years ago. “A Walk through Teméeku” represents thousands of years of Luiseño culture and life through archaeological artifacts and other cultural objects.

Since the 1950s, archaeological excavations in the Temecula area have uncovered a variety of pottery, shell, bone and stone artifacts. But the significance of Teméeku goes beyond the artifacts. These artifacts represent the artistic legacy of the ancestors of the modern Luiseño people.

The exhibition is organized by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Cultural Resource Department in partnership with Thomas Long, and was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

‘A Walk Through Temeeku’ is on display at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino through May 22. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

Long received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside and is the coordinator of the public history and history internship programs at CSUSB. He also is involved with the university’s Anthropology Museum and Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies. He has extensive experience as both a museum exhibit and archival practices and management consultant.

Masiel-Zamora received her B.A. in anthropology from UC Berkeley and her M.A. in anthropology from San Diego State University. She previously worked at the Pheobe Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley.


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a Washington, D.C.,-based organization whose members must meet the highest standards in securing accreditation.

During its 16-year history, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $5 per vehicle.

The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.