Paul Apodaca was born in Los Angeles, California of Navajo, Mexican and Spanish heritage, Mr. Apodaca is actively involved in Native American, Hispanic and arts communities on a state and national level.
For sixteen years Mr. Apodaca worked with Orange County's largest museum, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, as an artist and as a curator, where he was an exhibiting artist, Artist-in-Residence and Curator of Native American Art. He was in charge of the California History and Folk Art Collections that are part of the museum's 72,000-object holdings. The Bowers Museum is a 60,000-square-foot institution of the cultural arts of the Pacific Rim, the Americas, African art and California history.
Mr. Apodaca works with arts funding agencies including the California Arts Council (CAC), the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Mr. Apodaca is a Board Member of the Native California Network and of the California Council for the Humanities. He has served as a consultant to the State of California for the design of CAC arts programs and a new administrative plan for the California State Indian Museum. Mr. Apodaca is a consultant for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. He participated with Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, in the design and operation of the "Indian Trails" cultural arts area in the park, which sees 4 to 5 million visitors each year. Mr. Apodaca is a member of the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles Festival and served as Master of Ceremonies for their 1990 Pacific Rim pageant.
Mr. Apodaca is at present (1997) an adjunct professor at Chapman University and a visiting professor at UCLA. He has taught and lectured for CSU Fullerton and UC Irvine. He is a Board Member of the Orange County Journal of History, is the book review editor for News from Native California. He writes for The San Francisco Review of Books, The McMillan Dictionary of Art and The American Encyclopedia of Ideas. Mr. Apodaca worked as an educational consultant for the Scott-Foresman textbook California: Our State, Its History and has been an illustrator for many Bowers Museum publications including Religion, Art and Iconography: Man and Cosmos in Prehispanic Mesoamerica, Colombia B.C.. He was a contributing writer for Images of Power: Treasures of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art.
Mr. Apodaca has been honored with many awards and grants, including the Orange County Human Rights Award and the Smithsonian Institution Museum Professional Award. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' "Oscar" Award was earned by the feature documentary Broken Rainbow (1986), a film that helped to stop a planned government relocation of 12,000 Navajo from their reservation in Arizona. Mr. Apodaca wrote and performed the musical score for the film and provided historical research. Mr. Apodaca often works for PBS on documentary programming concerning Native America. The State of California created the State Prehistoric Artifact in response to legislation sponsored by Mr. Apodaca, Henry Koerper of Cypress College, and Jon Ericson of UC Irvine. The bill, presented by State Senator Ralph C. Dills, has made an 8,000-year-old stone carving of a bear, found in San Diego County, a State symbol for California's indigenous population.
Professor Lincoln is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at UCLA, where he has won the Distinguished Teaching Award. He developed UCLA's American Indian Studies curriculum and chaired the country's first interdisciplinary Master's Program in American Indian Studies. Professor Lincoln was selected for a Fulbright Research/Lectureship to Italy in 1984 for "Contemporary Euroamerican Images of the American Indian." He is the author of, among other works, Indi'n Humor: Bicultural Play in Native America, one of the core readings for the seminar.
Victor Masayesva, a Hopi filmmaker, has won many awards for his work. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Southwest Association on Indian Affairs. His films have been shown at numerous festivals and special screenings; many have been broadcast in the US and internationally. They include Ritual Clowns, Itam Hakim, Hopiit, Pot Starr, and Siskyavi, among others. His film Imagining Indians, broadcast nationally on PBS, deals with the portrayal of Indians in films, including Dances With Wolves. Information on Mr. Masayesva's films can be found on his IS Productions website. Mr. Masayesva resides in Hotevilla Village.
John Rowe, Professor of English and Acting Director of African-American Studies at UC Irvine, is serving as evaluator of Voices and Dreams for the NEH. He has been involved with many summer research grants and directed an NEH summer seminar on "American Literature and Modern Theory." At UCI, Professor Rowe received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Alumni Association and a Distinguished Faculty Lectureship for Teaching from the Academic Senate. He was also a Fulbright Lecturer in West Germany. His numerous publications focus on nineteenth-century American literature.
Georgiana Sanchez, Lecturer at the California State University at Long Beach, is an active member of that university's American Indian Studies Program and has served as Faculty Advisor for the CSULB American Indian Student Council. An enthralling storyteller, she has participated in several major arts productions, including the Los Angeles Arts Festival, the Young Audiences Program at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and several productions at the Los Angeles Theater Center. She is a script consultant, writer, and cultural advisor for The Puzzle Place on PBS regarding its White Mountain Apache character, Skye. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, journals and magazines, and one -- "I Saw My Father Today," is one of twelve poems cast in bronze and placed at the North Embarcadero in San Francisco.
Professor of English at UCLA, Greg Sarris has done outstanding work both inside and outside the traditional reaches of academia. He has been published frequently in such journals as American Indian Quarterly, College Literature, and Studies in American Indian Literatures, as well as in several anthologies. Outside of traditional academia, he is not only the author of the novel Grand Avenue, he was also co-executive producer and writer of the HBO miniseries based on the book. His dissertation, The Last Woman from Cache Creek: Conversations with Mabel McKay, became the basis for Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream. Professor Sarris is Chairman of the Federated Coast Miwok Indian Tribe. A page giving details on Professor Sarris, his work, and Pomo culture is available through a web page for American Indian Literature and Cultures at Reed College.
Mr. Stevens has received three fellowships at UC Irvine, including the University of California President's Dissertation Fellowship. He is currently teaching at both at UC Irvine and at Saddleback College in anthropology. Mr. Stevens has worked extensively with the Hualapai tribe of Arizona as an ethnographic consultant, involved in training projects on cultural interpretation through oral history and cultural studies using ethnographic methods. He has worked with the U.S. Department of the Interior on tribal projects involving the National Historic Preservation Fund, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the Glen Canyon Dam Environmental Impact Statement. Mr. Stevens' papers and presentations focus on the often conflicting demands of ethnographic research and cultural sovereignty.
Craig Stone, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Art at CSU Long Beach, is an artist who has over the past twenty years been featured in many exhibitions in California. His most recent interest is public art, such as his "Shadows Casting on the Shore," a permanent group installation -- involving extensive public input and publicly submitted design -- on the sidewalks and public spaces of Belmont Shore in Long Beach. Mr. Stone has lectured extensively on public art and has served as curator or jurist in numerous exhibitions.
Russell Thornton, the author of the groundbreaking work American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population History Since 1492, has been Professor of Anthropology at UCLA since 1994. He has also held professorships at UC Berkeley and the University of Minnesota, and was the Samson Occom Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College. He is also the author of five other books in the areas of historical demography and revitalization movements. Professor Thornton is Chair of the Smithsonian Institution's Native American Repatriation Review Committee and is a member of the Native American Studies Advisory Panel for the Social Science Research Council and the North American Committee of the Human Genome Diversity Project. He has contributed articles to the American Indian Quarterly, Ethnohistory, the American Sociological Review, and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, among others.
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