Dr. Paul Apodaca
- Office Location:
- Smith Hall 7 (basement)
- Office Hours:
- By Appointment Only
- University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor of Sociology, 1996
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Paul Apodaca (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is an Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies. Dr. Apodaca specializes in Folkore, Mythology, American Indian studies and California, Southwestern and Mexican culture. He is the former Editor of the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology. His research has helped to preserve and continue American Indian music in California. A founding consultant for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, Dr. Apodaca was part of a team winning the Academy Award in 1985 for the feature documentary "Broken Rainbow." Dr. Apodaca was curator of the Folk Art, American Indian, California and Orange County history collections of the Bowers Museum for 17 years.
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Apodaca, Paul.2015. "Native American Art." The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts, edited by Timothy Beal. New York: Oxford University Press.
Apodaca, Paul. 2015. "Chapter 1 : Tales of Native California."Pp. 17-29 in , A History of California Literature, edited by Blake Almendinger. New York: Cambridge University Press.
UCLA Research Project. Principal Investigator - Peter Nabokov. Dr. Nabokov is documenting the history of the Gallup Ceremonial, an important annual culture event in New Mexico. I have been able to supply Dr. Nabokov with the earliest and most complete film documentation of the event, dating from 1926. - This has included the Smithsonian Institution who have taken the film, digitized it and added it to the national archives while providing us with working files. - This is an ongoing project with Judge Tully Seymour of Newport Beach whose family originated the film. - I will be filming an interview with Judge Seymour on July 25, 2015 in Newport Beach.
Continuing - Contracted by Walt Disney Pictures for Disneytoons/Pixar Production film, "Airplanes 2". Provide academic research on American Indian folktales. Provide script analysis, storyline. Provide graphic design and graphic art consultations. The first film, "Airplanes," is now in release and the sequel which I have been assisting is scheduled for summer 2015. The consultation is now concerning outcomes from the pre-production plans with viewing and advising on nearly-complete sequences, characters, art design, and storyline.
Reviewer for Kiva Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History – California State University, Northridge – Department of Anthropology – James E. Snead, Editor.
Apodaca, Paul. 2011. “The Future of American Indian Studies.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 35 (1): 21-25.
Contracted by Walt Disney Pictures for Disneytoons/Pixar Production film, “Airplanes 2”. Provide academic research on American Indian folktales. Provide script analysis and storyline. Provide graphic design and graphic art consultations.
Reviewer for New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture – Hamline University , Sanit Paul, MN. – Department of Political Science – Joseph Peschek, Editor.
Mardi Gras Indian archive project. Recruited Research Associate William Beachum Lee to assist in the archival project dealing with African-American folk culture I am pursuing with Dr. Finn Wilhelmson in Norway. Dr. Lee is the retired Director of the Los Angeles, Maritime Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, and the former President of the California Museum Association.
May 14, 2011 – Performance of California Indian Music for UC Riverside American Indian Medicine Ways Conference. Two-hour performance and lecture.
Apodaca, Paul. 2010. “Ceramic Arts of Native America.” The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art,edited by Joan Marter.Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Apodaca, Paul. 2010. “American Indian Art.” The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan Marter.Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Apodaca, Paul. 2010. The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Consulting Editor, Vol. 1-5. Joan Marter, Editor in Chief. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Apodaca, Paul. 2010. “Native American Social Movements.” Encyclopedia of Political and Social Movements, edited by David Snow and Donatella dell Prota, Bert Klandermas, Doug McAdam. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
September 16, 2010 - American Indian Lecturer In Residence for Autry National Center/Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Presenting bi-monthly lectures on topics concerning American Indian culture and scholarship. Lectures this year have included: “American Indians and Boarding Schools” “American Indian Mythology” “Mapping and American Indian Culture” “American Indian Technology” “California Indian Labor and the forming of Los Angeles”